GREEN BAY - The mystery of a car pulled from the Fox River in Green Bay may be solved.
Police say the car belonged to a Green Bay native, who reported it stolen from a Green Bay tavern back in 1979. The police investigation has determined no one was in the car pulled from the river late Tuesday afternoon.
Fox River cleanup crews discovered the car last week near Walnut Street while doing a sonar survey.
The car belonged to Paul Renard whose last address was in Eden Prairie, Minn. Police say they contacted the Renard family, who talked about the car being stolen but never recovered.
A stolen vehicle report indicated in 1979, Renard left the car running in the parking lot of the Duck Duck Goose Bar, on 420 N. Clay Street on Green Bay's east side.
Police say the car's transmission was in drive, and a tire iron had been used to push the gas pedal down to the floorboard.
They say they processed the car and found no other evidence of anyone inside.
"The evidence technician recovered some vehicle identification off the vehicle itself. Did some checking and through some hand-checking of files, and going through some old microfilm, they were able to find the old case," said Lt. Andy Lewis, Green Bay Police Department. "This doesn't happen very often. That we were glad find that no other foul play involved other than someone stealing this poor man's car back in 1979."
Renard died in a boating accident on the bay of Green Bay last summer. His family has asked that the car be destroyed.
Police say for the most part, this case is closed.
They are willing to listen to anyone who may have information about that car stolen 33 years ago.
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