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Posted on Fri, Nov 23, 2012 : 12:05 p.m.

Deputies investigating circumstances around motorcycle pulled from Huron River

By Kyle Feldscher

Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office deputies pulled a motorcycle out of the Huron River on Wednesday morning and are still working to determine how the bike got there.

Sheriff’s office spokesman Derrick Jackson said deputies responded at 7:59 a.m. Wednesday to the river near Huron River Drive and North Maple Road. The sheriff's office dive team was doing a training exercise when the motorcycle was discovered, Jackson said.

The sheriff’s office’s marine division was sent to the scene and pulled the motorcycle out of the water, he said. However, it’s still unclear to whom the motorcycle belongs and how it got into the river.

The report is not finished and the case is still under investigation, Jackson said. No missing persons reports have been filed and no one was found injured in connection with the motorcycle.

The motorcycle's license plate dates back to 1993, Jackson said.

Anyone with information on this case is encouraged to call the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office anonymous tip line at 734-973-7711.

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Sun, Nov 25, 2012 : 10:01 p.m.

It had a license plate...start with the last regisdtered owner of the plate.


Sun, Nov 25, 2012 : 3:28 p.m.

Did anyone check the missing persons reports from 1993? They claim it just showed up, but who knows... Maple Rd. is a straight path right into the river there... Kind of reminiscent of the man on Plymouthth Rd. from last month...


Sun, Nov 25, 2012 : 3:26 a.m.

@ Dog Guy: Big flood in '67 or '68 either took the last of the Tubbs Road Bridge out, or at least was the last straw for it. The dead end road leading up to it from the South then became an excellent make-out spot for many years, until the spoilsports bulldozed an impassable barrier out by the road. I think that was also the flood that took out the Dixboro dam, but I'm a little hazy on some of the facts –– I was out of the country when it happened...


Sat, Nov 24, 2012 : 2:57 p.m.

It probably belongs to the Ann Arbor Mega Carp that was moved to the Huron River. That may even be how it got into the retention pond in the first place.


Sat, Nov 24, 2012 : 1:32 p.m.

That was a wild night,. We've been wondering where we left the bike, not too much but once in a while.


Sat, Nov 24, 2012 : 12:46 p.m.

What make and model? If I bought a house or rented one and found a motocycle in the garage I sure wouldn't just through it in the river as it may be valuable.

5c0++ H4d13y

Sat, Nov 24, 2012 : 2:56 p.m.

Unless you like to tinker reviving an old junked bike is rarely worth the time and money.


Sat, Nov 24, 2012 : 1:49 a.m.

The article infers the bike was ditched recently (no missing person report) even though it has a '93 plate. To me that says old garage cleanout. Maybe a recently vacated house or rental unit nearby. Given that no vehicle information was provided (make/model) and yet there was a request for any public tips seems like an offer for the culprit(s) to fess up.


Sat, Nov 24, 2012 : 12:47 a.m.

That is certainly a WEIRD find!

Dog Guy

Fri, Nov 23, 2012 : 10:52 p.m.

In the early 1960's we would ride over the Huron on the undecked undertrusses of the Tubbs Road bridge a short way upstream from where the bike was found. We dunked a few (often Dean's Lambretta) but always recovered them. I don't remember whether the beams were removed before 1993.

Ann English

Sat, Nov 24, 2012 : 11:18 p.m.

You mean the Tubbs Road bridge was a steel truss bridge like the East Delhi and Foster bridges? It was removed before I started going into its area in 1969. It was obvious then that there had once been a bridge there, with No Dumping signs on the Huron River side of where the bridge once was.

Ron Granger

Fri, Nov 23, 2012 : 9:46 p.m.

I warned the DDA that higher parking prices would take a terrible toll. Did they listen?

5c0++ H4d13y

Fri, Nov 23, 2012 : 9:11 p.m.

That's where I parked it!


Fri, Nov 23, 2012 : 6:35 p.m.

1993 license plate - 19 years ago. Are prayers retroactive? Ann Arbor gets its drinking water out of Barton Pond.

Kitty O'Brien

Fri, Nov 23, 2012 : 6:01 p.m.

A perfect example of "Drive it like you stole it."

Homeland Conspiracy

Fri, Nov 23, 2012 : 5:52 p.m.

Maybe Evel Knievel tried to jump the Huron River

Urban Sombrero

Fri, Nov 23, 2012 : 5:48 p.m.

I wonder if someone ditched it for insurance money?


Fri, Nov 23, 2012 : 5:30 p.m.

Praying the motorcycle was the only casualty.