Pottawatomie County Sheriff's Deputies are investigating a mystery after an SUV covered in plastic was discovered buried on rural property in Bethel.

Pottawatomie County Sheriff's Deputies are investigating a mystery after an SUV covered in plastic was discovered buried on rural property in Bethel.

Sheriff Mike Booth said deputies received a call about the discovery in the 19000 block of Bethel Road. Initial reports indicated the vehicle was wrapped in plastic and there could possibly be a body inside, Booth said.

Deputies responded to that area as far as they could by vehicle and then walked the rest of the way, where they found part of an exposed vehicle, he said, with removal of the hood revealing a Chevrolet motor.

The sheriff said they knew they would need a backhoe to get the full-size vehicle out of the ground.

The vehicle is a 2003 model Chevrolet Trailblazer and deputies have determined it was reported stolen to Shawnee police in 2003.

There was no body found inside the unearthed vehicle, but Booth said they are investigating why it was buried. Booth believes the vehicle has been there since 2003 and might be connected to former landowners.

The current landowners have lived on the property for 10 years or so, he said, and had been riding ATVs on the trails in the area where the vehicle was found.

With recent rains and erosion, some metal parts of the buried vehicle apparently became exposed, he said, leading to the discovery and call to authorities.

Booth said they will be trying to determine if this is a case of insurance fraud.

Watch for updates.