SPOKANE -- Police believe three bodies recovered from inside a car found in the Spokane River are three missing Bhutanese men. But they said positive identification has not been made.
Police said the medical examiner will do an autopsy Thursday on the bodies where they will make an official identification.
Late Wednesday morning, Spokane Police Major Crimes Detectives located the missing black Acura near Mission Park. The car was registered to a missing Bhutanese man. Detectives found a piece of the Acura, was well as the license plate, on the shoreline across from 1608 East Mission.
Officials believe the bumper surfaced because the water levels have gone down 4 feet since they were last seen. Upon a further search, the Spokane County Sheriff's Office helicopter found a vehicle submerged in the Spokane River, several city blocks south.
Members of the Spokane County Emergency Operations Unit responded and assisted in the vehicle recovery. Divers entered the river and attached cables to the car so they could get it out of the river.
Just before 7 p.m., the vehicle was pulled to shore and identified as the missing black Acura belonging to a missing Bhutanese man.
Last month, three members of the Bhutanese refugee community vanished. The Spokane teenager, Krissna Dhakal, 17, and two Western Washington men, Krissna Dhiltal, 21, and Dilli Ram Bhattatai, 28, were last seen in Spokane. Detectives said the men were last seen in the area of 1600 East Mission and had not been seen or heard from since. Family members have worked with the World Relief Organization of Spokane and law enforcement in an attempt to locate the three men.