YouTube Scuba Diver Finds Missing Teenagers After 21 Years Underwater
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A YouTube scuba diver found the bodies of two missing teenagers after 21 years of being underwater. Watch below:
For over 20 years, no one knew what happened to Erin Foster and Jeremy Bechtel.
They went missing on April 3, 2000 in Sparta, Tennessee, and were last seen in Foster’s 1998 Pontiac Grand Am.
Last week, scuba diver Jeremy Sides found her car underwater.
Sides uploaded a video of his findings on his YouTube channel Exploring with Nug.
He said: "I'm lost. I'm lost for words. I'm so glad that I could find them.
"I'm so sad at that's where they ended up."
For two decades, there whereabouts were a complete mystery, despite many investigations into the case.
Sides told NewsChannel 5: "Every so often a case will pop up where somebody just vanishes off the planet and they disappear in their car.
"That’s an immediate red flag that chances are, they went into a body of water somewhere.
He came to Sparta last month, specifically, to search for Foster’s car.
Sides added: "It was a very small town, two teenagers go missing and no one knows where they went.
"Everybody knew these kids, they went to school with them, you know.
"Half the police officers went to school with these guys, they were friends with them.
"It was a very great feeling to bring so much closure and answers to so many people at once.
"It meant a lot to me and I know it meant a lot to all of them too."
On Wednesday (1 Dec), investigators were undergoing forensic work on the car by removing the mud from it and collecting evidence.
However, the remains are yet to be confirmed as being those of the two teens, according to authorities.
Genetic DNA testing and potential dental records have been collected.
Both families have also been notified of the situation.
Many have commented on the YouTuber's video and have, understandably, been in shock.
One wrote: "Heart wrenching for the families who never had answers for over 20-years, and because of your persistence, can now begin the healing process. You’re an amazing man Jeremy with an incredibly supportive family who miss you dearly while away on these searches, giving of your time to help a family in need. Proud of you."
Another added: "Know what I love about you? No showboating, no drama, just you doing what you love, helping others, solving mysteries and doing it with humility. Never change."