Scott County Sheriff’s Office deputies, along with officers from the Shakopee Police Department and the Shakopee Fire Department, were dispatched to an unoccupied, partially submerged boat located on the Minnesota River near the Highway 101 bridge on Wednesday, September 4 at 8:57 a.m.
A witness who was four-wheeling in the area discovered the unoccupied, partially submerged boat and were unable to locate anyone in the immediate vicinity. A search began immediately with first responders from multiple agencies. After removing the boat from the water, it appeared that numerous holes had been drilled into the bottom and sides of the boat and it may have been intentionally discarded in the river, according to a Scott County Sheriff's Office press release.
Investigators believe that no one was aboard the boat when it capsized and there are no apparent injuries reported from the incident, according to a news release from the city of Shakopee. The Shakopee Police and Fire are still investigating but are no longer searching the river for potential victims.
This is a separate incident from the unoccupied, running boat found on the Minnesota River near Belle Plaine on Sept. 2.