New details in the search for man missing in Black Warrior River


EUTAW, Ala. (WIAT) — Investigators are taking a closer look at a car that was recovered from the bottom of the Black Warrior River one week ago.

They’re hopeful it might contain some clues about where a missing man is now.

Investigators have been told Kevin Gray was inside the car when it crashed into the river on March 9.

Gray has not been discovered in or around the vehicle.

However, some unusual things, such as two large rocks, were found inside the car. They weigh an estimated 35 pounds each.

The rocks now occupy the seat where Brian Smith, who was also in the car, was sitting when the car plunged into the water.

Smith escaped through the passenger window, but on the windshield and the back window are disturbed.

Troopers have now released their accident report, which contradicts Smith’s report that Gray was not speeding.

The report indicates the car’s estimated speed was 130 miles per hour when it hit the guard rail.

“The state troopers are still investigating this as a vehicle that plunged into the river,” said Sheriff Jonathan Benson. “We’ve been searching, day seven, for a missing person who was [supposedly] an occupant of the vehicle, so we’re just going to leave it up to the Alabama State Troopers to do their job, and we’ll continue to assist them in any way we can.”

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