- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 27, 2015

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (AP) - Lincoln County Sheriff Jerome Kramer said a diver has reached a car that carried two teenagers into the rushing waters of the South Platte River in western Nebraska.

But he added Tuesday that the car can’t be recovered until the river recedes, and hydrologists note the river is expected to reach flood stage late Wednesday or early Thursday.

Officials have said 17-year-old Alexis Wiezorek and 18-year-old Noah Ramos have been missing since May 18, when they drove into the river, which had washed out a road on the south side of North Platte.

Kramer said the diver could see only silt inside the car but was able to remove a piece of the car’s vinyl top, which allowed officials to confirm the car is the one driven by Wiezorek.

“We are sure it’s the vehicle based on the material he brought up and the evidence leading up to this,” Kramer told the North Platte Telegraph (https://bit.ly/1FCXhko ).

A boat equipped with sonar equipment detected an object on May 20 that officials thought could be the teenagers’ car.

Family members contacted divers from Louisiana, and a diver who was able to get into the water Sunday found the current was too strong and wasn’t able to complete the dive. Another dive mission was attempted Tuesday, and a diver was able to find the vehicle.

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