Divers trying to solve multiple missing-persons cases were left at a loss after finding more than 30 sunken cars in a lake.
Ken Fleming and Doug Bishop searched the lake in Doral, Fla., desperate for evidence that could help locate about 40 people believed to have disappeared from South Florida.
It is not yet known whether the vehicles have a connection with the cold cases.
In conversation with WSVNBishop and Fleming said, “When we spot a place like this with multiple vehicles, it suggests more that there is a crime involved, with the vehicles being disposed of and hidden from law enforcement.”
They reported it on Sunday and now the Miami-Dade County Police Department will work to recover the vehicles.
So far, a 2002 Nissan Altima has been confirmed stolenwas pulled from the depths and more will follow.
Ken Flemming provided context in his comments New York Times: “If both the person and their vehicle have disappeared and it is an unexplained case, there is a high probability that the vehicle is submerged.”
He even speculated that it could be the result of a conflict between the US and Colombia’s drug cartels in the 1970s and 1980s.
His partner and founder of the United Search Corps did not speculate about their origins, merely stating: “No vehicle is submerged for a good reason.”
A spokesman for the Florida Miami-Dade Police Department spoke to a local news station and suggested the cars: “Vehicles that may have been abandoned and that they wanted to get rid of, they got rid of here, or those that they took for a pleasure ride, they were stolen and then thrown into the lake.”
Footage of the rescue shows police and rescue workers using multiple cranes and pulleys to lift the vehicles out of the lake.
There is no final count or update on how many cars remain to be picked up.
Miami-Dade has not yet responded to The US Sun’s request for comment.
BEHIND THE SEARCH
Founders Doug Bishop and Ken Flemmings are part of United Search Corpsa volunteer search organization.
Your mission is to help families of missing people find answers.
They regard the missing people who go unfound each year as “the nation’s silent mass disaster.”
“Our passion is to be a voice for the voiceless, and our focus is to fight aggressively for those who can no longer fight for themselves,” reads a section of their mission statement.
They explained local news her role in working with the police: “Authorities must respectfully justify their use of resources and if a case remains unresolved, we have the ability to intervene.”
“We don’t have to justify our use of resources and can help ease the strain on on-site staff. We can do this, we specialize in it, we can do it at a high level and we do it on a voluntary basis.”
On Sunday, Bishop posted his findings to Instagram in a video showing several derelict license plates on the shore a subtitle It states, “We are targeting over 40 cold cases involving missing persons from vehicles in South Florida.”
“So far we’ve found 30 cars within 14 hours of arriving in Miami.”