A YouTuber who found a missing automobile while scuba diving, helps reopen the case of two missing Tennessee teenagers after two decades.
According to investigators, Jeremy Beau Sides accidentally saw a 1998 Pontiac Grand Am at the bottom of the Calfkiller River near Sparta by chance in November.
Erin Foster and Jeremy Bechtel’s remains were discovered inside the car.
Sides documented his discovery of the vehicle and its towing from the river on his YouTube channel.
“I’m lost for words,” Sides recalled according to the New York Post. “I’m so glad I could find them. I’m so sad that that’s where they ended up. I can’t believe it’s been over 20 years that they’ve been sitting there waiting for someone to find them.”
On April 3, 2000, Foster, 18, and Bechtel, 17, went missing after leaving their White County home at 10 p.m. They were on their way to a party in Foster’s black car, as the authorities reported.
Foster and Bechtel’s families have been told of their deaths.
“It kind of seems like almost a dream,” Foster’s father Cecil said.
He went on to say that he and his son have gone fishing on that river many times throughout the years. However, they were unable to locate the vehicle since “the water’s always real murky and stuff there and there’s no way we could have saw the car, anyway.”
Cecil said the family had long struggled with Foster’s disappearance’s unknowns.
The two teenagers’ families have planned their own burials, but a united memorial ceremony will be held.
“I can bury my son,” Ronnie, Bechtel’s father, said. “I’ve prayed that if he’s not on this Earth, that he’s with Jesus and with mama, and there’s no doubt they’ve all seen him by now and know what’s happened.”
Before the two families could thank him in person, Sides left town.
“I was very humbled that I could just help out,” Sides said according to The Washington Post. “I would like to think the police did what they could. But this one just slipped through the cracks.”