Human remains possibly linked to missing men found in Washington creek, man who sparked search says

Human remains possibly linked to missing men found in Washington creek, man who sparked search says

A search for a submerged vehicle in a Washington creek continues Saturday morning.

WASHINGTON, N.C. (WITN) – Human remains were found in an Eastern Carolina creek where a vehicle was pulled Saturday night that could be connected to three missing men from the 1980s.

That’s according to Jason Souhrada, a man who took interest in the case and sparked the search of Jacks Creek in Washington. He tells WITN that the vehicle that was pulled from the waters is beleived to be a 1970s era Camaro. Souhrada originally used a sonar device attached to a boogie board that spotted what looked like a vehicle submerged in the water.

Following that discovery, the Washington Police Department, Sidney Dive Team, Highway Patrol, and Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office began focusing on the area of the creek near N. Harvey and E. 5th Streets.

The car is believed to be the same kind of vehicle that three men were last seen in before they disappeared back in the 1980s. William Clifton, David Micmicken, and Michael Norman were last seen on December 10th, 1982, at the former VIP bar in Chocowinity.

William Clifton and his family.

William Clifton and his family.

After spending Friday and Saturday pumping water from the area where the car was found, it was pulled from the waters Saturday night and taken away.

Souhrada says that he’s been in contact with family who have been told about the remains that were found.

Souhrada tells us that the brackish water in combination with city pumps has destroyed the car leaving no body panels and no chance at a vin number.

Even so, Souhrada says the fact that the nearby route is what the men would have taken to get home and that there are no other Camaros or people missing from that long ago has confidence high this is the vehicle and the men.

Souhrada says that he just hopes that there is enough evidence to prove that all three of the men were in the vehicle.

He was told that it may take more than a month before DNA work is complete.

Police Chief Phil Rollinson this morning told WITN this morning that a press release would be coming either today or tomorrow.

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After two days, a vehicle was finally pulled from Jack’s Creek in Washington around 9:00pm on Saturday.

Shortly before that search crews installed a third pump to help retrieve it from about 11 to 12 feet of water.

Officials say the vehicle could be connected to the disappearance of three men more than 40 years ago.

It’s rear axle was recovered on Friday.

Crews Saturday evening are getting closer to pulling a vehicle from an eastern Carolina creek

Crews Saturday evening are getting closer to pulling a vehicle from an eastern Carolina creek

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A search for a submerged vehicle in a Washington creek continues Saturday morning.

Officials say the vehicle could be connected to the disappearance of three men more than 40 years ago.

Search crews Friday afternoon recovered the rear axle of a vehicle from Jack’s Creek and are pumping water out to get better access to what’s left on the creek bed.

Washington Police Chief Phil Rollinson tells WITN that the Sidney Dive Team was searching the creek for a possible vehicle.

Rollinson didn’t want to share too many details about the situation but says they have been at the scene for some time.

Other agencies assisting at the scene include the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office and the Highway Patrol.

City Manager Jonathan Russell says a YouTuber recently made the discovery of a possible vehicle in the water using a boogie board with sonar attached. Russell says the efforts Friday morning began around 10:30 a.m. and divers had trouble dealing with bad water quality.

Jason Souhrada tells WITN that he has been in touch with family members of three missing men from the early 1980s and that led him to design a sonar device that could check areas where boats couldn’t get to.

Souhrada says his images appear to show a vehicle upside down in about 11 feet of water that’s been there a long time.

This sonar image could show an upside down vehicle covered in mud on the bottom of the creek.

This sonar image could show an upside down vehicle covered in mud on the bottom of the creek.

The axle was brought up around 1:00 p.m. Friday before authorities decided to start pumping out water.

WITN’s Merit Morgan is at the scene. Stay with WITN as we bring updates on this developing story.

Dive team members in Jack's Creek Friday morning.

Dive team members in Jack’s Creek Friday morning.

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