Missing woman’s car found in quarry

Published 1:35 pm Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Dive team members drive away from the site in the Leeds quarry where Chelsea resident Carrie Elaine Gentry's SUV was found on Tuesday. (Reporter Photo/Jon Goering)

LEEDS – Investigators located the silver Lexus of missing Chelsea resident Carrie Elaine Gentry in an abandoned quarry in Leeds the evening of April 10.

Gentry and her vehicle were reported missing March 29.

Divers from the Calera Police and Fire Departments, along with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department, discovered the vehicle in the quarry, according to a press release from the sheriff’s department.

During a press conference, Shelby County Sheriff Chris Curry said Gentry’s vehicle was located in a quarry below 40 feet of water. The vehicle is located in the water, at the far end of the quarry from the dock, below a cliff, which is only accessible by a gated access road, according to Shelby County Sheriff’s Capt. Ken Burchfield.

Carrie Elaine Gentry's car was found at the far end of this Leeds quarry. According to Shelby County Sherrif's Capt. Ken Burchfield, after the car is brought to the surface, it will then be towed by boat back to the other, more shallow end of the quarry. It will then be searched more thoroughly to determine if Gentry's body is inside. (Reporter Photo/Jon Goering)

Burchfield said investigators will attempt to remove the vehicle from the quarry by evening April 11. The dive team will attach deflated bags to the bottom of the vehicle, then inflate the bags to raise the vehicle to the surface. A boat will tow the vehicle to the shore, where a tow truck will pull the vehicle from the quarry. At that point, Burchfield said, investigators will be able to determine if Gentry’s body is in the vehicle.

Anyone with information regarding the Gentry’s disappearance can contact Shelby County Sheriff’s investigators at 669-4181 or through ShelbySO.com by clicking on the “Report Criminal Activity” link and choosing the “General Information” category.