North Carolina

Tail lights and license plate in NC pond lead divers to a submerged car – and bodies

The bodies of three women were found inside a car submerged in a pond in North Carolina, officials say.

Someone reported seeing a license plate and tail lights in Maxton Pond at about 2 p.m. Tuesday, according to Stephanie Chavis, Robeson County Emergency Management Director.

Maxton is about 100 miles southwest of Raleigh.

Lumberton Rescue Squad and Two Hill Fire Department responded to the pond and called in divers to investigate the submerged car, Chavis said.

When the divers went down, they found three bodies in the car, Robeson County Sheriff Burnis Wilkins told WBTW.

The car drove off a road, “plunged 15 feet, struck what was left of a washed-out dam and sank about 25 feet,” Robert Ivey of Lumberton Rescue and EMS said, according to The Robesonian.

Hurricane Florence “washed out” the road, which doesn’t have warning signs, the newspaper reports.

North Carolina State Highway Patrol is leading the crash investigation, WMBF reports.

The people found in the car were all women, identified as Danielle Locklear, Tiffany Goins and Anastasia Locklear, reports ABC11, The News & Observer’s media partner.

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Bailey Aldridge is a reporter covering real-time news in North and South Carolina. She has a degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.