A fisherman in central Minnesota pulled more than bluegill and bass out of his local fishing hole earlier this month. While ice fishing on Mayhew Lake, a local man was startled when, using an underwater camera to scout for fish, he discovered a vehicle sitting on the lake-bed, the SCTimes reported.
He immediately called the Benton County Sheriff’s office, which sent deputies to examine the vehicle. Once they arrived, the deputies used their own camera to have a look and discovered a late-90s to early-00s model Dodge Ram pick-up in roughly 12 feet of water. The Sheriff’s department dive team was then dispatched to search the truck and the area surrounding it for bodies or valuables.
The truck was lifted from the lake-bed through a huge hole in the ice. The Sheriff’s office ran the plates and discovered that it was reported stolen in March of 2000 from a nearby address. Investigators believe that given the truck’s location, almost 100 yards from the lake’s public access ramp and 25 yards from the north shore, that it was driven on to the lake while it was frozen, then allowed to sink to the bottom once the ice melted.
Thanks to the lake’s frigid waters, the truck was surprisingly well preserved. Aside from a missing grille, a coating of mud inside, and a patina of rust on the sheet metal, there was little damage to the truck despite its long rest in the lake. With an engine full of lake water and the damage done by roughly sixteen freeze-thaw cycles, the truck will never run again, but its condition is a good testament to the build quality of those old Rams. It certainly held up better than that ’57 Plymouth Belvedere they buried in the time capsule under the Tulsa city courthouse.