GULF SHORES, Ala. (WKRG) — Mystery solved! We now know more about that motorcycle pulled from the Intracoastal Waterway Thursday in Gulf Shores. Turns out, the motorcycle was reported stolen last year.
Caked in almost a years worth of mud and critters, “There’s barnacles, mud, crabs, mussels, clams. It’s got everything from the bottom of the water,” says Detective Mike Hoguet with Gulf Shores Police.
The 2017 Harley Davidson Road Glide looks nothing like it did when it came off the showroom floor. “From what I understand, it’s between 22 to 27 thousand depending on what you put on ’em.”
The Gulf Shores Police dive team found it while retrieving a vehicle that had gone into the water while launching a boat. “Everything is kind of locked up together. It’s all kind of corroded with mud everywhere.”
It took some doing to find out who it belongs to, “We had a little trouble getting the VIN number removed because there is so much debris, barnacles had grown over it,” says Houguet. But once they did, they found out the motorcycle was reported stolen out of Escambia County, Florida.
The owner, who is from Alabama, made the report on December 31st, 2017. Almost a year later, not sure they want it back.
Now that Gulf Shores Police have recovered the bike, it will be up to the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office to take over the investigation.