Body found inside SUV that drove into pond

VIRGINIA BEACH — Authorities say a body has been found inside a sport utility vehicle that drove into a large pond in a neighborhood here.

Virginia Beach police and other emergency officials responded after a witness saw the car drive into the water shortly before dawn on Friday.

The police department tweeted later that the incident had a fatality but didn’t immediately provide additional information.

Divers were used to connect cables to the deeply submerged SUV and to pull it from the water.

Police aren’t sure what caused the SUV to enter the water in the Ocean Lakes neighborhood. A road near the pond was closed for several hours during the emergency response.

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John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.