The site where Erin Foster and Jeremy Bechtel crashed.

Crash Site Location in Sparta, Tennessee, United States.

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Erin Foster and Jeremy Bechtel - Crash site location.

This is the location where Erin Foster (18) and Jeremy Bechtel (17) crashed.

It is situated close to Highway 84 on the northern outskirts of Sparta, Tennessee.

The two teenagers mysteriously disappeared on the night of April 3rd, 2000.

That evening, they attended a house party. However, they left relatively early to pick up Erin's younger brother, Will, from an arcade.

After dropping Will home, the pair left to drive back to the party.

When Erin didn't show up the next day, her family tried not to panic. At the time, she was 18 years old and talking about getting a place of her own.

However, as the days passed by, anxiety began to creep in. Consequently, they decided to file a missing persons report.

During the investigation, the authorities seemed to believe that Foster and Bechtel had disappeared after leaving the party. This was despite the fact that the last known sighting of the teenagers was actually at Foster's house.

Unfortunately, this led to a situation where the police concentrated most of their efforts on the wrong location.

For more than two decades, Foster and Bechtel remained missing. During that period, there were rumors that the pair had been murdered or that they had moved to Florida and started a new life together.

Years later, while reviewing the case, White County Sheriff Steve Page decided that it was time to start afresh. While looking through old documents, he came across a statement from Erin's family. According to their version of events, the teenagers had dropped Will home and were planning on returning to the party.

This previously overlooked tip proved to be vital, as it indicated that something may have happened to them after they left Erin's house.

In 2021, a scuba diver named Jeremy Sides began looking into the case.

Sides, who owns a Youtube channel that is dedicated to cold cases, started to comb lakes in the area.

After being tipped off by Page, he used a sonar system to scan the Calfkiller River beside Highway 84.

In late November, his system picked up a vehicle at this section of the river. After diving 13 feet, he could see that it was a black 1988 Pontiac Grand Am—the same car model that the teenagers had been driving on the night of their disappearance.

After wiping the algae off the license plate, he saw that it read 473 EJR.

When Sheriff Page arrived at the crash site, he ran the tag and confirmed that the car was registered to Erin Foster:

"I need you to run a tag for me. And this is... this is big. When you're ready... 473. Echo. John. Robert. Is that the Fosters'? Okay, we found the car."

When the authorities recovered the vehicle, the teenagers' remains were inside.

The police believe that they were driving along Highway 84 when Foster lost control of the vehicle.

Back in 2000, there was no guard rail at this section of the road. As a result, there was no indication that a car had crashed into the river.

Sadly, this means that Erin and Jeremy were in this exact spot for more than 20 years while the world continued to pass by them.

Erin Foster and Jeremy Bechtel crash site.

Below, you will find the address and the GPS coordinates for this location.

GPS coordinates.

The latitude and longitude coordinates for the site are:

35.939001, -85.452251

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Address.

The full address for this location is:

Calfkiller River
Highway 84
Sparta
Tennessee
TN 38583
United States

Directions.

The crash site is about 150 yards north of the intersection between Highway 84 (Monterey Highway) and Oakwood Street. Follow the coordinates above to find the exact location.

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Crash site.

Crash site

As you can see, the crash site lies to the south of a noticeable bend in the road.

Although we will probably never find out what happened on that fateful night in April of 2000, it seems likely that Foster lost control of the vehicle and veered into the river.

When Jeremy Sides first spotted the Pontiac, the hood was missing and the windows were both up. If the teenagers were still conscious following the impact, they may have struggled to open the car doors due to the external pressure of the water.

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