Searchers have found a wrecked car that may hold the final victim of two deadly earthquakes that hit southern Japan nearly four months ago.

Kumamoto prefecture government official Taishi Kajikawa said a car sighted Wednesday appears to contain a body and efforts to retrieve it would resume Thursday.

Japanese media say the vehicle is buried in sand and rocks down river from a bridge that collapsed into a deep gully after the second earthquake.

Hikaru Yamato, a 22-year-old student, was driving home when the magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck on April 16. The quake was the second in the area in two days. If Yamato is confirmed dead, it would bring the death toll from the two earthquakes to 50.