Wednesday, December 15, 2021

The Disappearances of Erin Foster & Jeremy Bechtel

Longtime friends Erin Leigh Foster (18) and Jeremy Bechtel (17) have been missing since April 3rd, 2000. The two teens were born and raised in Sparta, Tennessee, and on the day they vanished, they took Erin’s car to go visit a mutual friend right outside of town. They spent the day there, and then Erin and Jeremy left their friend’s house in Erin’s car that evening. Witnesses spotted them in the car just outside of Sparta around 10pm that evening. They never made it home and have never been seen or heard from again.

The exact circumstances surrounding the pair’s disappearance are unclear. At first, investigators believed that Erin and Jeremy were runaways. However, as time passed without any trace of them, this theory became unlikely. Neither of them have accessed their Social Security Number since they vanished, and Erin never renewed her driver’s license.
Erin’s car vanished with them as well. The vehicle is described as a black two-door 1998 Pontiac Grand Am with the Tennessee license plate number 473EJR. Both Erin and Jeremy remain missing today and the White County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the case. If you have any information that could help lead to their whereabouts, please contact investigators at 931-836-2700.
UPDATE (December 2021):
A YouTube named Jeremy Sides used side-scan sonar technology to search the Calfkiller River during late November 2021. During his dive, he located a car. The license plate on the vehicle confirmed that it was the same car that Erin Foster was driving on the day that she and Jeremy Bechtel vanished. Human remains were also found inside the vehicle. It is believed that the remains belong to Erin and Jeremy, however this has not yet been confirmed. Updates are expected. 
UPDATE (2022):
It has been officially confirmed that the remains found in the vehicle belong to Erin and Jeremy. Investigators stated that there were no signs of foul play on the scene. It is believed that the Erin and Jeremy accidentally drove the car into the river on the day of their disappearance. 

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