Boy, 13, solves 27-year-old cold case after finding missing woman’s body in car submerged in lake while using his GoPro

Boy, 13, solves 27-year-old cold case after finding missing woman’s body in car submerged in lake while using his GoPro

- in Usa News

A TEENAGER helped to solve a 27-year-old missing person mystery when he found a submerged car in a lake using his GoPro camera

Max Werenka was out on Griffin Lake in Revelstoke, British Columbia when he spotted what appeared to be an overturned car about 15 feet beneath the surface.

Footage taken by Max using his GoPro camera
The Honda car being hauled out of the water

The 13-year-old told the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and when its divers arrived on August 21 he jumped into the water with his camera and confirmed it was a submerged car.

The RCMP returned three days later and discovered the body of missing woman inside the vehicle.

Max told CTV news his natural curiosity led him to explore further after the initial sighting saying: “I always like to question things.”

His mum Nancy added: “When we initially heard someone was in that vehicle, my heart just sank.”

The RCMP were able to use the licence plate number to identify the body was that of 69-year-old Janet Farris, of Vancouver Island.

She went missing while driving on her own to a wedding in Alberta in 1992.

Investigators believe she may have plunged into the lake after swerving to avoid an animal or after losing control and are to inspect the car further to find out exactly what went wrong.


The submerged Honda was found just 10 feet off the side of the TransCanada highway.

No foul play is suspected in her death but her disappearance has tormented Farris’s family and they will now be able to bury her next year.

“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 a sad situation, it’s the best of all outcomes.”

Erin Farris-Hartley remembers her grandmother as warm, funny person who loved to garden, and says she thinks about her every day.

“It seemed like there was never an appropriate way to grieve because she was missing,” she told Global News.

“I remember thinking about what her last moments would have been like if her car [did] go off the road.”

“This is a happy story in the end, knowing her final resting place and [knowing] that it was an accident.”

Max said his natural curiosity led him to follow up the initial sighting
The family of Janet Farris will now be able to hold a funeral for her
She was driving on her way to a wedding when her car went into the lake

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