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A YouTuber's discovery may help solve the missing persons cases of Erin Foster and Jeremy Bechtel.
Foster and Bechtel went missing on April 3, 2000, in Tennessee.
Jeremy Beau Sides found Foster's car last month in the Calfkiller River.
A YouTuber found a submerged car in a Tennessee river last month, and the discovery may have solved a 21-year-old cold case, local police say.
Jeremy Beau Sides, a YouTuber with more than 113,000 subscribers who uses sonar technology and scuba dives to help find evidence in missing-person cases, shared a video on November 24 in which he said he was searching for evidence in the case of 18-year-old Erin Foster and 17-year-old Jeremy Bechtel, who disappeared on April 3, 2000.
Sides' video went on to get more than 92,000 views.
White County Sheriff Steve Page said in a statement on Facebook that after he and Foster's family saw the video, he contacted Sides and suggested he look in another area.
Upon looking in the new area, Sides quickly found Foster's car in the Calfkiller River, according to another video on his YouTube channel, which has more than 674,000 views. Page confirmed in a Facebook post that the car belonged to Foster.
Investigators told CBS affiliate WTVF in Nashville that human remains were found in the car, and they will be sent out for genetic DNA testing.
"I'm lost for words," Sides said in his YouTube video. "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."
Details of how the car ended up in the river are still unknown. Page said in his Facebook statement that the case remains under investigation.
Sides, who makes videos under the handle "Exploring with Nug," has been uploading videos since he launched his YouTube page in October 2016. His channel has amassed over 13 million views in total and features clips of him finding vehicles, firearms, and other personal items underwater.
Sides' channel has grown along with the rise of "true crime" podcasters and social media sleuths who intensely follow tricky cases, explain it to their audiences, and sometimes try to solve cold cases themselves. In September, there was an explosion of amateur TikTok and YouTube sleuths after the disappearance of Gabby Petito. The Gabby Petito hashtag has over 1.8 billion views on TikTok, where some amateur detectives have racked up hundreds of thousands of followers and millions of views.
In some recent cases, amateur internet detectives have helped law enforcement agencies. A YouTube video posted by a family tourist channel in September helped police narrow down their search range in the Petito case, according to NBC News. In January, the FBI asked for tips to identify figures who rioted at the Capitol on January 6, and many internet sleuths gathered together on social media to share clues and help identify people.
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