Disappearance of Erin and Jeremy
In April 2000, the seniors at White County High School in Sparta, Tennessee, began to count down the days until they graduated.
Erin Foster is always doing well in school, and her best friend Jeremy Bechtel has known her for a long time. On April 3, 2000, the two of them both went to a small party. They never returned home.
Erin Foster had just turned 18 when she and her friends went missing. She was friendly and did well in school.
At the time, Jeremy Bechtel was only 17. He liked sports, and people say he was athletic.
Even though they went to school and grew up together, they stayed close friends. Reports say that their relationship was friendly and that they got along well.
What happened to Erin and Jeremy?
White County, Tennessee, police have always known that the two teens went to a party the night they disappeared. Also, it was found that no one who was there that night thought anything was wrong.
Most people thought that the teens in Foster’s car may have gone off the road that night because there wasn’t much crime in the area and the roads were dangerous and windy.
Over the years, there were no results from searches in the area. But in the end, it became clear that the police had missed one important detail in the case.
Searching for Foster and Bechtel
Law enforcement tried many times over the years to look in the area where they thought Foster’s car may have gone off the road. The roads that go through the rough terrain go along the banks of Calfkiller River and next to cliffs.
In 2018, White County, Tennessee’s Sheriff Page decided to start over and look at the case again. He found out that the reports said the teens had gone back to Foster’s house that night to ask for permission to stay out “a little longer.”
When this was found, a new search was started near the Foster home. Before, searches had been done near where the party was held.
Finding Erin Foster and Jeremy Bechtel
On December 1, 2021, the owner of the YouTube channel ExploringWithNug, Jeremy Beau Sides, used sonar technology to search the Calfkiller River. He found Foster’s Pontiac, which he had been driving 20 years before.
Even though Jeremy Bechtel’s father had already died, the tragic discovery gave Erin Foster and Jeremy Bechtel’s families the answers they had been looking for for a long time.
In a February 2022 article, Nashville’s NewsChannel5 said that their car went off the road and the teens were unable to get out. People also think that there were no guardrails at the time, which makes it easy for the accident to have been missed.
YouTube Creator Sheds Light on Tennessee Cold Cases
In the video below, the diver who found Foster and Bechtel talks about other mysteries that haven’t been solved in the area where the teens were found. In this rural part of Tennessee, which is part of the 13th judicial district, there have been a number of deaths and disappearances that have not been solved.
Many people in the 13th Judicial District of Tennessee think that the local police and district attorney are letting down the families of the victims and the people who live there.