Scuba diver holds back tears after finding bodies of teens missing 21 years

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A hero scuba diver broke down in tears after finding bodies inside a submerged car linked to a cold case of teenagers who went missing 21 years ago.

Erin Foster, 18, and her friend Jeremy Bechtel, 17, vanished after going to a party together near Sparta, Tennessee, on April 3, 2000.

They were last seen in Erin's car, a 1998 Pontiac, which has now been dredged up from Calfkiller River after being discovered by scuba diver and YouTuber Jeremy Sides last week.

Police have confirmed human remains were found inside the old Pontiac and the case has been reopened after decades without leads.

In his YouTube video of the staggering find posted on his Exploring With Nug channel, Jeremy is visibly emotional.

He had spotted the car in the murky water with sonar and footage shows him dive down to look at the number plate, soon realising it is Erin's missing car.

"It's them," he shouts through his snorkel, "They're coming home."

Back on dry land, he can't hold back his tears and says: "I'm lost, I'm lost for words.

"I'm glad I could find them but I'm so sad that that's where they ended up and I can't believe it's been over 20 years they've been sitting there waiting for someone to find them and I'm glad I did."

He adds: "It's a weird mix of emotions and I can't explain it, but you know what, this is not about me, this is about getting them home and we're going to do that today."

Although it is presumed the bodies are those of the missing teenagers they have not yet been positively identified and then authorities expect it to be a challenge due to how long they've been underwater, News Channel 5 Nashville reports.

The scuba diver believes the car probably crashed into the river and said the whole town was deeply affected by the tragedy.

He said: "It was a very small town, two teenagers go missing and no one knows where they went.

"Everybody knew these kids, they went to school with them, you know."

"Half the police officers went to school with these guys, they were friends with them.

"It was a very great feeling to bring so much closure and answers to so many people at once."

Erin's grieving father Cecil Foster said the discovery of the car just eight miles from the family home "seems like almost a dream".

He told inside Digital: "Me and my son have fished over it many times since she's been missing.

"I mean right over the car. But the water's always real murky and stuff there and there's no way we could have seen the car, anyway."

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