YouTube divers found a body in a sunken car registered to the name of a man missing since 2003
YouTube divers helped solve a case nearly two decades ago. (6abc Philadelphia/YouTube)
- Divers from YouTube channel Adventures with Purpose may have found the body of a missing man.
- They discovered the car of a man who went missing in 2003 at a lake in Ridley Township, Pennsylvania.
- Police confirmed there was a body inside the car and they were waiting for identification.
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A team of YouTube divers from the group Adventures with Purpose may have helped police in Ridley Township, Pennsylvania, get closer to solving a missing persons case nearly two decades ago.
March 20th, the team posted a livestream on their channel saying they believe they found the car belonging to James Amabile, who disappeared in 2003, submerged 24 feet under water in Darby Creek. They also found a body in the driver’s seat.
“We are confident that we have discovered not only Mr. Amabile’s vehicle, but also his human remains,” said Doug Bishop, one of the divers in the video.
YouTube channel Adventures with Purpose was founded by Jared Leisek in 2019 with the aim of cleaning up lakes and rivers, but the team has since focused on targeting cold cases. The group has over two million subscribers on YouTube and its amateur investigative videos have become widely viewed. In February, the team found a woman’s car submerged in a Florida pond 10 months after she disappeared, also with a body inside.
The police confirmed in a statement on Facebook that the body of a man was found in the vehicle and that the license plate matched “a missing person entry from December 2003”. Authorities have yet to identify the person, and the department did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
“The investigation is continuing,” the police department said in its March 20 Facebook post. “The Delaware County Medical Examiner’s Office is reviewing the remains for positive identification. At this time, we will not be releasing the identity of the missing person. The family has been notified of the police findings. Due to the sensitive nature of this discovery, the family of the missing person requests confidentiality while the investigation is ongoing.”
Amabile disappeared in December 2003 after calling the babysitter who cared for his two daughters to tell her he was running late, according to CBS News.
“We believe and the family believe that we have definitely closed this case for them,” Bishop continued in the video. “The medical examiner is going to have to make an exact identification before we can say for sure that we found Jimmy. He was known as Jimmy. His family is extremely grateful.”
Amabile’s brother, Stephen Amabile, later said The Philadelphia Investigator that he believed his brother, who was diabetic, may have driven into the lake after suffering from low blood sugar and making a wrong turn.
“He’s my brother,” he said of the findings. “They found him.”