BENTON COUNTY - A truck reported stolen in March of 2000 was removed from the bottom of a Central Minnesota lake on Thursday.

The Benton County Sheriff's Office says the truck was successfully removed from Mayhew Lake. Sheriff Troy Heck says the original owner has been notified. The owner has since been paid by an insurance company for the truck. The truck will be handed over to the insurance company, since they now technically own it.

In a story we first told you about earlier this month, The Sheriff’s Office says they received a call from someone fishing on the lake, when they spotted what was believed to be a pickup truck with their underwater camera.

Deputies responded to the scene and found the truck in about 12 feet of water, 100 yards north of the public access point and 25 yards from the west shore.

The Stearns/Benton Dive Team was called in to search the truck but found it to be empty and the area around the truck did not contain any items of value.

A registration search on the license plate showed the truck had been reported stolen back in 2000 from an address in Graham Township in Benton County.

Authorities attempted to retrieve the truck but were originally unsuccessful due to the thin ice.

A substantial hole was made on the ice on Mayhew Lake to lift the truck out. The area around the hole was marked with barrier tape. Those who plan to go out on the lake should be watching for the area and avoid the thin ice that will be there for a while.


Photo: Benton County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Benton County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Benton County Sheriff's Office