Pryor Couple's Stranded Car Located After News On 6 Story

Friday, February 4th 2011, 4:29 pm
By: News On 6

EDITORS NOTE: This vehicle was found shortly after the story aired at 5 p.m. Friday.  A towing service in Claremore has the car. The family will now have to pay a fee that is imposed by the state.

Dan Bewley, News On 6

PRYOR, Oklahoma -- As the snow continues to fall, more and more vehicles could end up deserted along the highways. Police are urging everyone to pick up their abandoned cars as soon as possible.

They warn that if you don't, it could end being towed.

Larry and Celisa Rowland's car was stuck on I-44 early Tuesday morning.

We met Celisa Rowland on Wednesday.  She was thankful for a tow truck driver that gave her a ride to a hotel after her car became stuck in the snow. Two days later, her family was desperately trying to find her car.

"You see it on television, but you don't realize until you're in it," Celisa Rowland said earlier this week.

Celisa Rowland was in tears as she described being stuck in her car for more than nine hours on Tuesday. SkyNews6 even shot video of her white sedan when the snow stopped. It was stuck on the Highway 66 entrance ramp just east of 193rd East Avenue. 

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"We seen the car on Channel 6 with SkyNews6," said Larry Rowland, owner of a stranded car that is now missing. "About the last time we saw the picture was about on 9:30 on Wednesday morning."

Larry Rowland, Celisa's husband, said shortly after seeing this video on the News On 6, Celisa and a friend went to check on the car but it was gone.

"Since then I've been on the phone with OHP, ODOT. I've been on the phone with every towing, wrecker service there is in Tulsa County, Rogers County, Mayes County. Nobody seems to be able to find the car, nobody knows where it's at," Rowland said.

With dozens of vehicles stranded across northeastern Oklahoma, police are worried that car thieves may be on the prowl. They say anyone with a tow cable can pull a car out of the snow then take it to be crushed.

The scrap metal in a car can net them more than $200.

If your car is more than 10 years old, state law says a title is not needed for someone to sell it.

Tulsa Police is lobbying to change the law that doesn't require a title for vehicles 10 years or older. They say if you're car is missing you should contact local towing services or the local police.