ATLANTA — You might call them scuba sleuths. They are YouTubers who dive rivers, lakes and ponds to try to find missing cars and missing people — in some cases people who have been missing for years.
Channel 2′s Tom Regan went out with an area scuba sleuth who is helping police solve cold cases.
“This is the last spot, the last spot where I know where to hunt. If there’s a car here, there’s going to be no problem finding it,” Jeremy Sides said in one of his YouTube videos.
Sides is a military veteran and former tire repair shop owner from Acworth who now makes a living posting videos on his YouTube channel, “Exploring with Nug.”
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His specialty is working missing person cold cases in cold places and murky waters.
“We just started off just treasure hunting, looking to see what we can find, stolen property, and it evolved into cars and then missing persons,” Sides said.
A few months ago, Sides learned of two teenagers from Sparta, Tennessee, missing for more than 20 years. They and their car, an old Pontiac, vanished after they left a party. A massive search by authorities went nowhere.
Sides said cars don’t just disappear. He told Regan that nine times out of 10 they are underwater.
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“The technology I have now, they didn’t have around 15, 20 years ago, so they didn’t have a way to thoroughly search those waterways,” Sides said.
In December, he put his high-tech sonar to work, and while scanning the bottom of a roadside river, he discovered a car.
What he ended up finding and the other cases the sleuths have helped solve, Monday on Channel 2 Action News at 5 p.m.
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