Wednesday, November 11, 2020

The Disappearance and Death of Ethan Kazmerzak



Ethan Kazmerzak was only 22 years old when he vanished during the early morning hours of September 15th, 2013. He was last seen in Hampton, Iowa. On the evening of September 14th, Ethan was seen at a few different local pubs in the Hampton area. He later went to a party at a gravel pit pond located behind a house on 190th Street. Around 12:15am, Ethan called his mother and told her that he was on his way home. He never made it there, and was never seen or heard from again.

Ethan's vehicle vanished with him. Due to this, many theorized that Ethan might have driven his car into a body of water located in the rural area near the party. A pond near Olive Avenue was searched just days after Ethan's disappearance, but nothing was found. Divers returned to that same pond in November 2013 and still did not spot any evidence. Eventually, investigators began to separate from the that theory. In fact, during September 2019, reporters asked Hampton police Chief Bob Schaefer what he thought about the theory that Ethan had driven into water--to which he replied, "Based on what I know of that night, I don't think so."

Throughout the investigation into Ethan's disappearance, detectives chased many leads and conducted many interviews. Still, no trace of Ethan was found. Then, in October 2020, scuba diver and YouTuber Jason Leisek went diving into the pond near Olive Avenue--where searches for Ethan had previously taken place. During his dive, Leisek spotted a vehicle. The car was located about 90 feet from the edge of the water, and only approximately 8 feet from the pond's surface. All the windows on the vehicle were rolled up, but the front windshield was missing. Once the car was removed from the water, investigators discovered human remains inside. Police later announced that those remains were that of Ethan Kazmerzak.

It's unclear why the vehicle was not spotted during the professional investigative searches that occurred years earlier. The car was found relatively close to the pond's surface and was reportedly very easy for Leisek to spot. Due to this, some have theorized that the vehicle somehow entered the pond at some point after those 2013 searches were conducted. This has not been confirmed and the investigation is still ongoing. 

Investigators are encouraging anyone with information about Ethan's disappearance and death to come forward. If you have any information that could help solve the case, please go here to submit an anonymous tip. 

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37 comments:

  1. Jared didn't dive and find the car......He used sonar technology to locate it then, dove to confirm the type of car found.

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    1. Personally, it seemed like the sheriff had something to hide. Just a hunch, but also, when Jared dove to the front driver wheel didnt it look like there was something red on the tire?

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    2. That sheriff was way more open and honest than the linwood, NC case.

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    3. the sheriff is relatively new to the job so he has nothing to do with it. Why do people always jump to a police cover up..sheshhhh

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  2. It's pitch black out there. Wintertime too. That's flat, desolate land... He wore glasses and the glare from the moon alone is dangerous sometimes, combin3d with a fogged over windshield though? 🤔After some drinks and what hv u, it's easy to see how it happened. Ethan likely cruised straight into the pond and never saw it coming. Poor guy. Sad.

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    1. Good deduction on the first part... But the rest doesn't make much sense. In the video you can clearly see the car was in backwards... So did he drive ine backwards 30 feet deep? Then also the cherrif said his body was in the backseat which means he wasn't the driver neither do I think he would have died at a depth of 8 feet not being able to get out of the car... So In conclusion: He wasn't the driver, he must have been unconscious, front windshield missing? Something definitely doesn't add up. Also it was a party did no-one see him dive into the lake? Or anyone (the actual driver) coming out of the lake completely drenched!? Somethings fishy!

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    2. Upon entering the water, the car with its windows both up would float in plenty of time for the car to change directions somewhat. The fact that he was found in the back seat could be due to him unfastening the belt in an attempt to escape the car. Upon drowning and body beginning to degrade, he could have easily ended up in the back seat IMO.

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    3. Didn't the police say they found his remains in the back seat of the car? So either he wasn't driving or he tried to escape as the water was rushing in, and he ended up in the backseat.

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    4. Why would you stay where you are in a vehicle underwater? You would obviously try to break out of the car. Since he clearly wasn't able to break out, he died where he had last been inside the car. Also the body would most likely float around so when they had taken out the vehicle, he would've have moved from his original place. Then again, they have not specified that the body was wearing a seatbelt in the back seat, not to mention the popped windscreen.

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    5. yes that does make since, I would stay with the air and if you don't know how to swim, and had been drinking, your actions will not be predictable.

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  3. He could’ve just swam out the busted windshield... why would he move to the back seat to escape?

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    1. If people take their seatbelt off before the car is submerged the force of the water rushing in may have pushed him to the back of the car.

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    2. I think these theories make sense if he was awake and/or alive when he went in the water. He may have passed out causing him to drive off and knock himself out. If he didn't have a seatbelt on it would have been a hard hit. Did he got the windshield and dislodge it enough to eventually pop out? And he would have floated around possibly to
      the back of the engine sink first. And bodies produce methane and other gases causing them to float if they don't have a wound for it to escape. I've seen way too many

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  4. As the engine compartment is the heaviest part of the car it would likely sink first as the car filled with water. The rear of the car would contain the most available air and float temporarily. With the front windshield busted out the water would have rushed in from that point pushing him into the back seat.

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    1. Your theory on the engine being the heaviest is quite sound, but as previously mentioned it was almost backwards... and the missing windscreen both say someone else was driving, Ethan in the back, and the windscreen popped before it went in to allow all the air out quickly and the driver has a ready to go escape route.. it is still very suspicious as to the car’s appearance after the pond was searched back in 2013. That smells dirty.. why did the land owner not want his face shown in the video footage, what does he know or is hiding...

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    2. Would you want your face shown to the internet, filled with crazy conspiracy nuts like you? I mean look at the ridiculous, uneducated comments on here already. Claiming someone busted out the windshield and then drove him into pond. Seriously? And people saying the sheriff might be involved and hiding something? Someone can post this stupid crap with no basis in fact and get enough people stirred up to cause problems for innocent people like the landowner and the sheriff. This is why people are hesitant to have their face and name plastered out there for millions to watch. It only takes .01% of those million viewers to be mentally disturbed enough to fuck up their lives over half-baked conspiracy theories.

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    3. nickstl77 - There's always some moron like you sitting around attacking people over questioning ANYTHING. STFU with your nonsense. If the world was full of people who act like you, then NO crime would ever get solved because people would only entertain the theories that suited them personally. This is a world full of possibilities. And it doesn't fit your egotistic buffet selective cherry picking of what you ASSUME is relevant and what is not. GROW UP.

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    4. Anon, Bro shut the fuck up. You are an absolute nut with both your wack ass comments

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  5. They should check where the party was and who was the host , and than squeeze that party maker and ask him/her with who Ethan left the party or to whom he gave a ride after party has finished

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  6. They should check where the party was and who was the host , and than squeeze that party maker and ask him/her with who Ethan left the party or to whom he gave a ride after party has finished

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  7. They should check where the party was and who was the host , and than squeeze that party maker and ask him/her with who Ethan left the party or to whom he gave a ride after party has finished

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  8. I thought x file will come scully and mulder....

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  9. The best comment I read is Aimee M. To add to her comment ...He called his mom after midnight so we know it was dark. I bet he drove himself right into the pond. He seemed like a big guy so he probably struggled in the car trying to get out. RIP

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  10. I personally think that he was murdered and the car was hidden somewhere once the pond was searched and they knew it wouldnt be searched again someone drove the car to the pond with him in the back seat. Then they pushed the car into the water busting the windshield.

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    1. There was no mention of broken glass..the windshield more than likely blew out from the pressure inside.

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  11. Drunk, passed out. Drove across field at high rate of speed, hit embankment and launched car. Hit water blowing out windshield and washing him into back.

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  12. I agree with the 1000000to1 comment. The car going off that elevated ground would have launched it. Windshields break easily when they're stressed in any way. Slamming down on the water would have done it. As the car was filling up with water it turned 180 degrees facing the other direction. Ethan's body floated for a while inside at the top of the car and eventually settled in the back seat. No mystery there.

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  13. Sadly the dive team gave wrong tag no.aux382 is the correct no. But anyway do wonder how they could have missed the car first time anybody swimming could have found it if car launched there would be tire dents in the ground which would be obvious to find he looked like a big man if windshield is gone he could easily open door unless electric locked wouldn't open i could think of more but isn't it obvious someone is hiding info that's why it's an ongoing investigation duh
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  14. Why haven't we heard the cause of death yet?

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    1. That's what I was looking for. Maybe after he called his phone fell on the floor and he started looking for it and pressed his foot on the accelerator trying to reach it. It's sad regardless how it happened.

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  15. A car does not sink like a rock. If he was driving at even 15mph, the momentum would have carried the car a further 10-15 feet after initial contact with water. After, the weight of the engine/transmission, (front wheel drive Jetta), would have brought the nose of vehicle under first, trapping all air in the cabin and trunk. You can't indicate direction of travel by position of car, as the nose down sinking would cause vehicle to come to rest different ways. The side windows are held in place by tracks and are bolt to regulators. The windshield is glued into place as well as rear windshield, however the rear has additional trim holding it. The car was there for 7 years, this would deteriorate the front glue and allow the windshield to dislodge within 2-4 years. Body position doesn't indicate much since bodies float for quite a while after drowning, not too mention water currents in that time frame. My guess, kid had some drinks, unfamiliar with layout of area in dark of night, drove into pond. Doesn't get window down before power cuts to windows, can't get door open as @ 12 feet of water it would take roughly 800 pounds of force to open the door after submerged. This is why it is very important to have a seatbelt cutter and window breaker inside your car.

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  16. I been in the auto salvage business my whole life. VW windshields are glued in with Urethane, the whole windshield don't just fall out whole. I didn't see any other body damage on the vehicle suggesting it crashed and ended up in the pond. If the windshield had been replaced within a couple days before he disappeared it's possible it could have "popped" out due to inside air pressure when the car went down. And did they recover the windshield as evidence? Is it possible he got drunk and passed out in the back seat and someone else drove the car into the pond? Something don't smell right to me.

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  17. Stay away from alcohol and parties

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  18. The nearest road is 400 HUNDRED yards away. If he drove off that road and ended up, with a pristine car, in that pond...then he was a true magician.
    I double dare anyone to drive a car like that across 400 yards of open fields, without leaving a very visible trail, without damaging the car and just getting across without getting stuck.
    No, someone put him there foooor sure.

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  19. Can't believe their was no oil slick in the water 2 days after going missing? 1/2 year since "the car will tell the story". why is the investigation silent?

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  20. Thats a small ass pond. No way pro divers are going to miss a damn thing when they comb it. Dude was PUT THERE, period.

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