A spokesman says the Houston Police Department has “long been aware” of most of the 127 vehicles Texas Equusearch found submerged in Houston bayous back in 2011, when the nonprofit search-and-rescue organization used a sonar-equipped boat to hunt for the rented car of an elderly woman who had gone missing. But until Equusearch went public with the data this week, it appears no one from law enforcement had bothered to bring the rusting cars and trucks to the attention of environmental organizations, families of missing persons, wrecker drivers, classic-car collectors and restorers, bayou boaters, noodlers, or other groups that might have wanted to know.
No matter, now: Above, courtesy of Texas Equusearch and the Houston Chronicle, is an interactive map identifying the coordinates and descriptions of the vehicles — including at least one full big rig — that have been gently rusting at or near the bottom of Brays and Sims Bayous for at least 2 and a half years. The Chronicle data appears to exclude the half-dozen or so transportation options Equusearch searchers found beneath the waters of the relatively un-trafficked Buffalo Bayou. But you can spot some of them in the upper portion of this screen capture published with Joel Eisenbaum’s original report for KPRC of a similar map:
The biggest wet-car graveyard appears to be focused on the stretch of Brays Bayou around the Forest Park Cemetery on Lawndale St., where, according to Eisenbaum, 23 cars are resting in peace. But if you’re looking to find definitive data on the city’s greatest concentration of submerged vehicles, you’d want to note that the mapped spots are only those Equusearch came across in its search, which was limited to areas they believed the woman they were searching for might have traveled. The body of that woman, Lillian High, was eventually found inside a black Dodge Avenger in a retention pond off Old Galveston Rd. near the Beltway, after a 4-month search.
- More than 100 vehicles submerged in Houston bayous? [Click2Houston]
- Sonar pictures reveal more than 100 vehicles sunk in Houston’s bayous [Houston Chronicle]
Map screenshot: Click2Houston/Texas Equusearch