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Living with the unknown is difficult. It’s especially difficult for families who are missing loved one.

5 On Your Side is highlighting the work of a couple dedicated to bringing those families peace and closure no one has been able to provide them.

 

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Missing Florissant woman’s car found in Mississippi River

Lincoln County, MO [STL Today] –

A car registered to a missing Florissant woman was found submerged in the Mississippi River on Friday with a body inside, the Missouri Highway Patrol said.

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Madison County Sheriff’s Office confirming body found in Fosterburg pond belonged to Kristen Luebbert

November 21,2017

Fosterburg- The Madison County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed a body removed from a Fosterburg pond in the early hours of Tuesday morning belonged to Kristen Luebbert, 28 , of Fosterburg.

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Alton Police search team locates lifeless body of 26 year old man near river bank

November 13,2017

Alton,IL

The Alton Police search team, with the help of Team Watters Sonar Search & Recovery, Alton Volunteer Emergency Corp[A.V.E.C.]and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ Conservation Police, located the body of a 26 year old man at approximately10:20AM Monday

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Nonprofit’s assistance was crucial to finding Toni Anderson’s car

PARKVILLE, MO (KCTV) – Sorry but this article is no longer available on their site but this is what it reported.

The recovery of Toni Anderson’s car may not have been possible if not for a nonprofit who wanted to help.

The man who runs it drove across the state to help.

It took state of the art equipment and years of experience to find that car. When Dennis Watters heard about Anderson’s disappearance and the fruitless attempts to find her, he knew he could help.

“What we’re blessed with is the opportunity to use the equipment well, “Watters said.Watters is a professional fisherman who use the latest and greatest equipment; he can spot what no one else can.”It’s not just the equipment,” Watters said. “It’s the experience and knowing how these cars look.”

Several years ago, he found a niche running a nonprofit to help police search underwater. “We’ve found stuff that’s put people in jail for life,” he said.

He offered to help Anderson’s family and police with the search.

“The only way I’d come is if the investigative agency says it’s okay,” he said. “We’re a professional group and we just don’t barge in.”

He says Anderson’s car was difficult to spot in the deep, fast moving waters of the Missouri River. However, once his sonar pinged it, he knew he had her car. Watters believes if he hadn’t spotted it, crews may never have spotted the vehicle. ” The Missouri River was on it’s way to swallowing this car up,” he explained.

The next challenge was recovering the car.

“Any other team would have quit,” he said. “They did a great job.”

Watters’ equipment and expertise helped police clear a major milestone in this case, but the fisherman calls his work bittersweet. ” Sometimes you give them closure, but sometimes go away feeling hurt or down because there’s no hope now.” he said.

Watters’ nonprofit does not charge for their work; they rely on donations only.

Police have not yet identified the body they found inside the car. They hope to do so in the next week.

Body Found in submerged car is missing woman Lisa Hayden-Gordon, police say

Police on Sunday confirmed that the body recovered inside a car pulled from the New River two days ago is that of missing piano teacher Lisa Hayden-Gordon.

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Body of missing piano teacher found in river

By Katherine Cavazini

updated 9:47 AM EST, Mon March 02, 2015

NEED TO KNOW

  • Volunteers using sonar equipment discovered missing woman’s car in the New River on Friday
  • Police confirm body in car is that of Lisa ‘Noodles’ Hayden-Gordon
  • The missing 52-year-old was last seen January 24 after attending a concert

A body found inside of a vehicle removed from a Florida river on Friday is confirmed to be a missing piano teacher who vanished in January, Fort Lauderdale police said in a news release.

Lisa “Noodles” Hayden-Gordon’s vehicle was located early Friday morning in the New River of Cooley’s Landing after volunteers from Team Watters Sonar Search and Recovery Inc. scanned the waterway using sonar equipment.

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Chrissy William’s Body Recovered- The Southern

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Chrissy Williams found dead

Family and friends gather near the Ohio River in Rosiclare after the body of Chrissy Williams was found in a red SUV pulled from the river about 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

ROSICLARE – After a nearly four-month search, Chrisandra “Chrissy” Williams’ body was found in a red SUV in the Ohio River near Rosiclare in Hardin County.

Tami Jackson, who had been leading a search for her sister for months, finally had some closure.

“We were finally able to bring her (Williams) home where she belongs,” Jackson said. “It is what we have been trying to do for nearly four months now.”

 

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