Scuba Diving Youtuber discovers submerged car of Tennessee teens who disappeared 21 years ago
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A scuba diving YouTuber may have uncovered the cold case of two Tennessee teens who went missing 21 years ago after discovering the car they were last seen in at the bottom of a local river .
Erin Foster, 18, and Jeremy Bechtel, 17, went missing on April 3, 2000, after leaving Foster’s home, according to the White County Sheriff’s Department.
Sheriff Steve Page said in a press release that members of Foster’s family alerted him on November 28 about YouTuber Jeremy Beau Sides, who uses sonar technology and underwater dives to try to resolve the issues. cases of missing persons on his “Exploring With Nug” channel.
He came to Sparta, Tennessee, last month to search for the car the teenagers were last seen in.
Page contacted Sides and told him to look around Route 84 in the Calfkiller River, in the area where the couple went missing.
On November 30, Sides searched this area and discovered a vehicle – Foster’s rusted Pontiac Grand Am submerged in the river.
Page and investigators arrived at the scene and said the vehicle matched Foster’s, the sheriff said in a press release.
Human remains were found in the vehicle and will be sent for genetic DNA testing and potential comparisons with dental records, investigators said at CBS’s Nashville affiliate WTVF. The families of Foster and Bechtel have been notified of the discovery.
“I’m at a loss for words. I’m so glad I was able to find them. I’m so sad that’s where they ended up. I can’t believe – they’ve been sitting there for over 20 years waiting for someone to find them, ”Sides said in his Youtube video.
Authorities are investigating how the car ended up in the river.
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