Teen solves 27-year-old cold case after finding car wreck while diving with GoPro
A teenager has solved a missing person's case from 1992 after finding an overturned car in a lake with his GoPro, CTV News has reported.
Thirteen-year-old Max Werenka was exploring a lake with his GoPro on August 18 when he discovered what appeared to be a submerged car. However, because it was 15 feet underwater at Griffin Lake in Revelstoke, British Columbia, Canada, the boy decided to jump in and investigate.
He went on to take footage of the overturned car on the bed of the lake. Afterward, he showed his mother, Nancy, who altered the authorities.
Check out the report on the heartbreaking discovery below:
She said: "There could be a better story to something that you think is not there."
Then, three days later, what Max filmed was confirmed to be a submerged car by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police divers.
However, when the car was removed from the bed of the lake, the unthinkable was discovered; the remains of a woman who had been missing since 1992.
The car's license plate was then used to identify the body as that of 69-year-old Janet Farris, of Vancouver Island. She had disappeared while driving to a wedding 27 years ago, and while no foul play was suspected, her family were tormented by having no answers.
Investigators have speculated that Janet swerved into the lake by accident to avoid an animal on the road or because she had lost control of her car. They are currently examining the vehicle to ascertain exactly what happened.
Now, her family can finally give her a proper burial.
"I think the worst thing was not knowing," her son George Farris, 62, told CTV.
"We kind of assumed that maybe she had gone off the road or fallen asleep, or tried to avoid an accident or animal on the road. Given it is a sad situation, it's the best of all outcomes."