Canadian boy diving with GoPro helps police solve 1992 cold case

Elias Hubbard
September 11, 2019

The Revelstoke RCMP came to Griffin Lake on August 21 and went out on a boat to see the vehicle, but the angle of the sun made it hard to see much underwater, Werenka said.

A 13-year-old boy discovered a auto submerged in a Canadian lake last month - and in the process, helped cops close the cold case of a woman missing for almost three decades.

On a sunny August day, Max Werenka was on the lake where his family runs a cabin rental business when he saw something underwater.

They in the beginning assumed the auto or truck was connected to a 2009 incident when a vehicle or truck crashed into the lake, so they didn't think much of it.

So they didn't do much about it as the case was already solved. A few days later, a dive team went to investigate the auto and found a body in it. "It came back to a missing person case back in 1992". The water conditions, however, made it hard to see the auto from the surface, so Max grabbed his GoPro, his mother said.

Then the teenager dove in, armed with his GoPro to record video footage of the underwater scenes in order to confirm it was, indeed, a vehicle.

Several days later, on August 24, the police returned, bringing along a tow truck and a dive team, according to a news release.

Three times later, law enforcement and a regional tow corporation returned to the lake and recovered an more mature model Honda Accord - with an grownup woman's system inside.

Max Werenka, 13, was playing in Griffin Lake in British Columbia, Canada when he found a submerged auto approximately 10 feet from the TransCanada Highway.

Blakney told CTV News that divers were able to get the car's license plate and soon had a name: Janet Farris, a 69-year-old woman from Vancouver Island who went missing in the fall of 1992 while driving by herself to a wedding in Alberta. Her family eventually believed that she had been involved in a fatal auto accident, but no trace of her or her vehicle had ever been found.

Her son, George, said: "After the first year, you just carry on".

Griffin Lake is right along the Trans-Canada Highway, and the RCMP believe the vehicle drove off the highway into the lake, CNN affiliate CTV reported.

The RCMP removed the 1986 Honda Accord from Griffin Lake on August 24, 2019, nearly 27 years after Janet Farris' death.

Max said: "We took them out in our boat, showed them the area where it was".

Farris mentioned the discovery of his mom introduced answers to just about three decades of mystery.

She claimed she was very pleased of her son for helping discover the motor vehicle and managing the media consideration that has arrive with it.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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