Crews search NC river for missing person after empty wheelchair found

The wheelchair (left) and search crews on Sunday. WBTV photo

BELMONT, N.C. (WBTV) — A search is ongoing for a missing person in Gaston County Sunday afternoon, officials said.

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Rescue teams have been searching for a person on the Catawba River in Belmont since 4:30 p.m.

Police said they are treating the incident as a “possible” crime scene because they don’t know where the person is.

An empty wheelchair could be seen inches from the river along with a tackle box, poles and a net. Witnesses told police the wheelchair has been empty since 7:30 a.m. Sunday morning.

The dive team with the Charlotte Fire Department searched all over the landing and with SONAR equipment, but have not found anything, crews said.

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Dale’s Boat Landing has been closed while rescuers search for the person and investigate the area, police said.

No other information has been released.

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