Sonar technology used to look for missing woman

The police have announced that they are going to look for Karen Adams‘s car using sonar. Karen and her car have been missing since 2007, and the cops seem to think she might have driven into a river or a lake. (In my experience, that’s a very likely possibility.) Find the car, and they find Karen — or at least they find a clue.

Recently they found Crystal Wilson, who’d been missing six and a half years, inside her car in a lake. You couldn’t see it from the ground, but a helicopter or something flying overhead spotted the vehicle. I hope the sonar turns up something in Karen’s case.

20 thoughts on “Sonar technology used to look for missing woman

  1. marycarney August 25, 2010 / 12:14 pm

    This is WAY more common that you might think. A friend in South Bend launches his boat into the St. Joseph River EVERY Thursday from the same boat ramp. For 20+ years. About two years ago, they found a car and body which had been there a long, long time, and he had unknowingly launched his boat directly over that exact spot.
    My cousin’s husband called her one night on his way home from an insurance conference to say he’d gotten turned around leaving a gas station, and was making his way back to the interstate and would be home in a couple hours. Next thing she knows, the sheriff is knocking at her door – he drove down a boat ramp that looks a LOT like a two lane country road, went in the water and drowned. Had a lady not been letting her dog out and heard the splash in the middle of the night, he would likely be listed on Charley right now.
    Don’t you think that more than a few of these people who vanish with their cars are in lakes, rivers, retention ponds etc?

  2. Princess Shantae August 25, 2010 / 3:35 pm

    That is so scarey. I think it was last year that they did some kind of big search down in Florida and pulled up several people who’d went into the canals, and one poor man had been down there almost 40 years! I hate driving near water for that same reason.
    Its so bad in Florida with people driving into the canals or the intercoastal water way that the police recomend you carry a spring loaded punch in your car. That way if you end up in the drink you can punch out the window with it and get out.

  3. Jaime August 25, 2010 / 10:18 pm

    The ultimatekaty blog has an article on Elizabeth Pfeifer who went missing I believe from Katy, Texas on April 12, 1986. I also found an article on a woman missing out of Orlando Mary Kushto on WESH a news channel but there is no picture.

  4. Kat August 25, 2010 / 10:31 pm

    I wish while they were spending money on mp’s they should look a LOT harder in the rivers and lakes et al. Lots to be found. And a lot of blessings to those who have finally been found.

  5. Justin August 25, 2010 / 11:58 pm

    Was looking for an article on a Hollywood producer who was driving from Arizona to his home in California when he went missing. I think he was gone for over a year before someone backtracked his steps and found his car submerged in a culvert with his remains in it. I just wish I could remember his name.

    Anyway, I found this article on a woman who went missing in 1972 who was found in her car this year submerged in a lake.

    Anyone know who she is?

  6. Princess Shantae August 26, 2010 / 12:12 am

    Would it be Gary Devore? He was a screen writer?
    There was also a dummer for Iron Maiden named Taylor Cramer who went missing and turned up a long time later in his car down a cliff or in a canyon. He’d been acting real strange right before he went missing, talking about some wierd new nuclear thing he discovered and how the govt was out to get him. Basicaly he was nuts.

    • Justin August 26, 2010 / 1:01 am

      I think it was Gary Devore. But I could have sworn it happened about 7 years ago instead of 13. But otherwise, that is how I remember it.

      Probably the reason I couldn’t find him was that I couldn’t remember what kind of job he had in the entertainment industry. Producer, screenwriter, director… I knew it was something like that.

  7. Kat August 26, 2010 / 1:26 am

    I think you are both right.. The one that skeeved me out a bit was the guy from Iron Butterfly, he was like a genius and all, and when they did find him there was all this speculation about if/when he went off the ramp, looked like an ooops to me but who knows. And GD, he ws found in kind of the same circumstance. Sad all the way around. There are a LOT of ppl who go missing with cars and end up found much later on training runs. I think there would be a lot of time and money saved just dregeing the darn rivers/lakes/etc.

  8. Lisa August 26, 2010 / 5:00 am

    I remember the story about the grandmother and her granddaughter (Heather Roberts?) that got lost on a detour and accidentally wound up in a lake and drowned. The grandmother called her husband with her cell phone screaming they were drowning. They were missing for about a year or so and were here on Charley. Eventually they were found inside their minvan at the bottom of a lake.

    Also remember a story about a young couple who left their son with a neighbor while they went shopping for a washing machine (?) in the 1930’s and never returned. A few years ago the remains of the husband (or was it the wife?) was found along with parts of the car and washing machine. I could be wrong on some details.

  9. Lisa August 26, 2010 / 5:02 am

    I meant to add the remains, car parts and washing machine parts were found at a bottom of a lake.

  10. Kat August 26, 2010 / 1:02 pm

    I freak to think what is in rivers in NY and others, like FL and Chicago, remember that couple that went missing waaaaaaaaaay back in the day and they found skid marks and everything and for all we know they are still in there? Stephania and…..can’t remember, they are on Charley.

    @Justin…I think both cases were the mid/end of the 90s or early 2000s. Not sure though. I’d have to look.

  11. Princess Shantae August 26, 2010 / 4:24 pm

    Yeah the older couple that probably went in the river in Chicago. They dragged the water near where they were suposed to be and pulled up a mess of other cars out but not theirs.
    My dad’s best friend used to be in teh coast guard or something up in NYC and one of the things they did a lot of was pulling floaters out of the river or the harbor. He won’t eat crabs or shrimp to this day b/c of what he saw on floater patrol.

  12. LBF August 26, 2010 / 6:41 pm

    It’s Edward and Stephania Andrews of Chicago…

    A similar case (as far as I know, not mentioned on CP) is Charles and Catherine Romer, who vanished from a New Brunswick, GA hotel in 1980. They were enroute to Florida, checked into the hotel, left their luggage, drove off in the car and vanished. There’s speculation that they drove into the river but all that was found were other vehicles and appliances.

    • Kat August 26, 2010 / 7:11 pm

      Thank you. Also, that family that went missing in WA, I think it was, plus all the many who go missing w/vehicles, Meaghan did a blog about that not long ago, cars vs missing ppl ratio and all. @ Princess….I cannot blame your father one bit. Thinking about it makes me a bit queasy.

  13. Princess Shantae August 27, 2010 / 1:25 am

    My dad likes all kinds of seafood, its his buddy Gerald who can’t stand the sight of them. I love fried catfish from Texas Road House but my husband keeps reminding me of what catfish eat on the river bottom. I tell him the Road House catfish are probably farm fish but he likes to tease me. 🙂

    • Monkey Butt March 3, 2013 / 11:41 pm

      a lot of raw sewage (human feces) and that is filet mignon to a
      catfish. think about that next time you eat one.

  14. Zoe August 28, 2010 / 8:11 am

    Wow, that is so scary! Makes me feel justified when I get goosebumps driving past a river on the way to my parents house … its their fault anyway, when I was a child they told me some people drove in and drowned, scared me ever since.

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