Car, Remains May Solve 36-Year-Old Mystery

Missing young couple's vehicle found at bottom of Florida canal
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 23, 2015 5:02 PM CST
Car, Remains May Solve 36-Year-Old Mystery
Dana Null disappeared in 1978 at age 15.   (National Center for Missing & Exploited Children)

The last time anyone saw Dana Null, 15, and Harry Wade Atchison, 19, was when they drove off together in his Dodge Coronet in 1978. It now appears they never made it out of Florida's Broward County. A maintenance worker found Atchison's car yesterday at the bottom of a canal in the town of Sunrise, reports CBS Miami. Today, divers discovered human remains, and their families are awaiting confirmation that the young couple has finally been found. "When I first got the call, I was kind of stunned, I guess you could say," Donna Amaya, Atchison's sister, tells ABC News. "Afterwards, in letting the extended family know about it, it finally sunk in."

As the Sun Sentinel reports, Null and Atchison went to a concert together on Oct. 7, 1978, then ended up back at Atchison's house trailer with friends. Witnesses say that after they argued, Atchison got in his car and began driving away, but Null flagged him down and jumped in, too. That was the last anyone heard from them. Both their parents have since died. "I’m sure her family never forgot about her and the young man with her," Dinorah Perry of Missing Children International Ministries tells NBC Miami. "I’m sure his family haven’t forgotten. They just didn’t know where to look." (More missing person stories.)

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