Sheboygan man found in river bank following crash

CREATED Jul 11, 2014 - UPDATED: Jul 11, 2014

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SHEBOYGAN -- A car plowed through some trees and then crashed into a power pole in Sheboygan Friday morning, sparking a massive search for the driver and a reported passenger.

Police said the crash happened around 3 a.m. at North 17th Street and River Park Road.

Upon arrival, officers said the car was empty. The brush in the area was so thick, rescue workers said they used chainsaws to get closer to the 25-year-old victim, who was found in the river bank.

Police said it appears the victim crawled out onto the grass after the crash. There are deep gashes where the car skidded to a stop. The battered car he was in was towed away.

“The whole passenger side was totaled. That I could see," witness Shay Orvis said.

Divers combed the Sheboygan River for hours after initial reports that the driver’s girlfriend was in the car with him. They never found her, and the driver told them he was alone. However, police said there was a woman with him earlier that night.

"The bartender said there was some type of argument before they left, so, I don't know what was going on," witness Brian Miota said.

Police said the pair left separately. Still, they're working on tracking the woman down today to make sure she's OK. Meanwhile, they tell TODAY’S TMJ4 the driver fractured his femur.

Officials said they've talked to the woman's family but don't consider the circumstances of her being missing to be suspicious.