Elderly man drowns after vehicle ends up in Chattahoochee River overnight; authorities release identity

Elderly man drowns after vehicle ends up in Chattahoochee River overnight; authorities release ident

PHENIX CITY, Ala. (WTVM) - Phenix City police are investigating after an elderly man has drowned in the Chattahoochee River overnight.

The man was identified as Robert Lee Fisher of Columbus.

Officials with the Phenix City Police Department say that at approximately 1:40 a.m., a vehicle traveling eastbound on 16th St. jumped the curb and never stopped before entering the river.

A TSYS security guard reported seeing the lights from the vehicle in the water before going over to investigate and notifying police.

Crews were able to recover the vehicle near the 14th St. pedestrian bridge and found Fisher in the driver’s seat.

Russell County Coroner Arthur Sumbry Jr. pronounced Fisher deceased at 5:15 a.m.

The body is being sent to the Alabama Department of Forensics in Montgomery for an autopsy.

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