Stolen Chevy Camaro Recovered From Lake After 32 Years

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Let's just say it's not exactly driveable.

Cars get stolen every day and, sometimes, they're recovered within a reasonable amount of time. The state in which they're found ranges from untouched to complete destruction. There isn't always a happy ending, but there can be a bittersweet one. The Fishers Police Department of Fishers, Indiana, a suburb of Indianapolis, reports it has recovered a 1987 Chevrolet Camaro from the bottom of a local reservoir.

It was reported stolen on July 8, 1988, and hadn't been seen since. The police didn't receive a tip or anything regarding the Camaro's hidden location: it was simply discovered by accident. Local fishermen were in the area using sonar when they noticed something unusual.

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Realizing the object was too big for them to recover, they notified the authorities who quickly sent in their own trained divers. The Camaro was found resting upside down covered in silt. Without sonar, it probably never would have been seen. Within a short period of time, the Camaro was fished out of the water and parked on pavement for the first time in over three decades.

And no, it's not anywhere near salvageable. Just look at it. Despite its sad condition, the police somehow managed to identify its original owner, who is now deceased. Most likely, the Camaro's VIN was still visible. The chances of finding the guilty thief are probably very low. We can't imagine the police devoting money, time, and resources to the case.

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Fishers Police Department/Facebook

It's really too bad the owner has since died because the Camaro's recovery would have provided some sense of closure. Imagine buying a new Camaro (or any cool new car) only for it to be stolen just a few months later. In this situation, it was literally gone without a trace because the culprit(s) very likely abandoned it after a quick joyride.

The report doesn't mention if there were any human remains found inside, but it's fair to assume it was pushed into the water. For better or worse, this case is now closed.

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