A man found dead near a submerged car in a pond south of St. Joseph on Tuesday night has been identified as Ezequiel Contreras-Vasquez, 48, of St. Joseph.
At 7:43 p.m. Tuesday, the Missouri Highway Patrol was called to investigate a partly submerged vehicle in water known to locals as Banker’s Crossing. The water near U.S. 59 has no formal name and formed when a field took on water over time, said Sgt. Jake Angle, a spokesman for Troop H of the patrol.
Troopers found no occupants in the vehicle, which was submerged in chest-deep water when they arrived. They found the body of Contreras-Vasquez more than two hours later.