• 13-year-old solves decades-old missing person cold case

    By: Jared Leone, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

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    VANCOUVER, British Columbia - A 13-year-old boy with an inquisitive mind helped investigators solve a 27-year-old cold case.

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    Max Werenka called the Royal Canadian Mounted Police after he noticed something looked out of place while boating last month on Griffin Lake, where his family owns some cabins, CTV reported.

    “We took them out in our boat, showed them the area where it was,” Max told CTV about the visit a few days later from Mounties

    Max, wearing a GoPro camera, dove into the water and discovered an upturned car about 15 feet below the surface, just 10 feet from the TransCanada Highway. 

    Investigators later determined the 1986 black Honda Accord was owned by Janet Farris, 69, who had been driving alone to a wedding in Alberta when she went missing in 1992, CBC reported.

    Good memories of his mother helped her son, George Farris, deal with the loss. 
    “After the first year, you just carry on,” Farris, 62, told CTV. “You come to live with it.”

    He is thankful to have closure. 

    "I think the worst thing was not knowing," Farris told CBC. “We kind of assumed that maybe she had gone off the road or fallen asleep or tried to avoid an accident or animal on the road.”

    Investigators are praising Max for his sleuthing skills. 

    “The RCMP will probably be looking at this guy down the road for potential employment,” Cpl. Thomas Blakney told CTV with a grin.


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