13-year-old’s underwater discovery helped solve missing person’s case from 1992

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A 13-year-old boy has helped solve a 27-year-old missing person's cold case after he found a submerged vehicle in a lake using his GoPro camera.

Last month, Max Werenka, of Sherwood Park, Alberta, noticed something unusual under the surface of Griffin Lake in British Columbia, where his family owns several cabins. His family figured the auto was from an accident in 2009 when a vehicle crashed into the lake and told a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) about their find.

Back when Farris travelled on the highway, Werenka told The Post that the stretch of road closest to Griffin Lake was narrower than it is now and "there were no cement barricades" separating cars from the steep embankment.

The RCMP returned with their dive team, who confirmed there was a body inside the vehicle.

"We told him about the vehicle in the lake and said, 'why would they not have removed this car?'" Nancy Werenka said.

Once Max and the group determined they had found the sunken auto, they returned to the cabins and started combing the Internet for information, Werenka said. "What are you talking about?'"

A Revelstoke towing company, RCMP investigators and an RCMP underwater team recovered an older model Honda Accord from Griffin Lake with the body of an adult woman inside on August 24. Max grabbed his GoPro and dove into the water, recording video and taking a few photos of the muck-covered vehicle. An "older model Honda Accord" was recovered as well as something unexpected - a woman's body.

A Canadian dive team watches as Jane Farris' vehicle is hauled from the bottom of Griffin Lake near Revelstoke, British Columbia.

Officials do not believe that Ferris' death is suspicious but are inspecting her 1980 Honda for clues about how she ended up in the lake.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police came to scope out the situation August 21 - and Max dove into the lake to help, using a GoPro to capture footage of the overturned vehicle, laying on the lake bed 15 feet below the surface. Farris went missing 27 years ago and her family had no idea what happened.

The system was that of Janet Farris, of Mill Bay, British Columbia, who experienced absent missing in the drop of 1992 as she was driving to a wedding ceremony in Alberta, CNN affiliate CBC News described.

"After the first year, you just carry on", Janet's son, George, said.

"We kind of assumed that maybe she had gone off the road or fallen asleep, or tried to avoid an accident or animal on the road", he said. "Given a sad situation, it's the best of all outcomes".

"I couldn't imagine for that many years, not understanding what happened to a loved one", Max told the station.

Mrs. Farris' remains will be cremated and placed next to her husband, who died in 1984, her son said.

"He's only 13, but he's a very mature 13", she said.

And the RCMP also praised Max's efforts in an interview with CTV.