By CBS13 Staff

STANISLAUS COUNTY (CBS13) — Despite the unsettling visual, officers say a car found in a canal near Modesto turned out to be abandoned.

California Highway Patrol says, around 7 a.m. Wednesday, officers responded to the canal near McHenry Avenue and Crawford Road. The incident was originally reported as an injury collision, CHP says, but officers quickly found an SUV in a canal.

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The SUV turned out to be unoccupied. Officers are unsure how the vehicle ended up driving into the canal.

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Officers note that the SUV had not been reported stolen.

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CHP says they eventually got the SUV out of the canal with the help of a local tow company and are now looking for the owner.