YouTube divers crack cold case of missing mum who vanished after shopping trip

YouTube detectives have found a missing woman's car at the bottom of a pond after she was reported missing almost a year ago.

Members of the 'Adventures with Purpose' channel went looking for clues into the disappearance of Margaret 'Jan' Shupe Smith after her family got in touch.

Jan was never seen or heard from again after going out shopping on April 2 last year, and a police investigation returned few answers.

But almost a year later Josh Cantu dived into a pond near Southgate Publix Shopping Complex in Florida, US, and spotted Jan's Kia Soul car covered in moss.

The Youtubers called Polk County police who dragged the vehicle out of the 6ft5 deep water which sadly confirmed her body was inside.

Jan's sister Vera Shupe told Fox35: "Every day since April 2, you think 'where else can I look?' And it's on your mind every day but now that's over.

"There's no such thing as closure but for what it is, we'll have some closure."

Adventures with Purpose's search for Jan's body started in another pond but after a fruitless dive, they headed to the Southgate Publix Shopping Complex where the last CCTV footage of Jan was taken.

The team told fans on Facebook that police shared with them 'new clues' about how Jan was in an accident around half an hour after leaving Southgate Publix.

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They used the scene of the incident as a starting point to find nearby 'newly dug retention ponds'.

Adventures with Purpose said: "No dive gear was required for Josh Cantu to put on a mask, and freedive the vehicle confirming a 2012 Moss Green Kia Soul."

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"Over the next several hours, additional Polk County Sheriff Dive Deputies, Investigators, Forensics, etc. arrived on the scene, and approximately 1:10 PM, through the efforts of all organizations working together, the vehicle in question was removed, confirming human remains inside."

They added: "Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jan's family during this difficult time."

Following the discovery of Jan's body, her daughter Marley Shupe told Fox35: "I know that she was alone and that really hurts. I just wonder what she was thinking or what was going through her head."

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