A youtuber finds a Tennessee teenage car missing for 21 years, helping to advance the cold case
A diving youtuber has found a car connected to the disappearance of two Tennessee teenagers who disappeared without a trace 21 years ago.
The vehicle was reportedly submerged in a local river.
Unidentified human remains were also found inside the black Pontiac Grand Am at the end of last month after Jeremy Beau Sides of the YouTube channel “Exploring with Nug” discovered the car with which Erin Foster, 18, is believed to be traveling. and Jeremy Bechtel, 17. the night they disappeared, Nashville’s WTVF-TV reported.
The couple left Bechtel’s house on the night of April 3, 2000, and never saw each other again.
Despite extensive research by the White County Sheriff’s Office in Sparta, Tennessee, investigators found no clue as to the whereabouts of the teens.
With the help of sonar and sheriff’s advice on where to look for the nearby Calfkiller River, Sides discovered the car underwater late last month.
Human remains will be sent for genetic testing and dental record analysis if possible, WTVF reported.
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Although not positively identified, families were notified of the discovery.
Sides’ YouTube channel says it dives into “rivers and lakes to recover lost or stolen property, clear waterways and help close families in need.” It has over 138,000 subscribers.
“It was a very small town, two teenagers disappear and no one knows where they were going. Everyone knew these kids, they went to school with them, you know,” Sides told WTVF. “Half the cops went to school with these guys, they were friends with them. It was a great feeling to give closure and answers to so many people at once. It meant a lot to me and I know it meant a lot to everyone. they too “.
Sheriff Steve Page said in a statement that he had told AIDS he might be looking for the wrong area after a member of Foster’s family asked him to watch one of his YouTube videos from when he started searching for missing teens. .
“The man changed his location to Hwy 84, Calfkiller River on 11/30/2021, where he later discovered a vehicle and called the Sheriff Page,” he wrote in a statement posted on Facebook. “Sheriff Page contacted Major John Meadows and his team arrived at the scene within minutes to investigate what led to the confirmed coincidence of the vehicle.”
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At this point, no foul play is suspected.