Broward Sheriff’s deputies confirmed Thursday that the remains of a car pulled from a Sunrise canal is connected to a missing persons case from 1978.
According to missing persons reports, 15-year-old Dana Null and her teenage boyfriend Harry Atchison attended a Journey concert in Hollywood on October 7, 1978, arrived home, got into an argument and drove off and then were never seen again.
More than 36 years later, BSO said the mystery of what happened to them is at least partially solved.
Investigators said they recovered Atchison’s 1969 Dodge Comet in the canal. The remains of the car were laid out on a Westway Tow Truck just north of State Road 84 between 136th Avenue and Markham Park on Thursday. The car was barely even recognizable as a vehicle when it was pulled out.
No bodies were found inside the car.
As of Thursday evening, divers, detectives and investigators were still looking for more clues.
The car was recovered after workers with the South Florida Water Management District noticed the vehicle when they were dredging near the canal. As detectives try to unravel the mystery, advocates for missing person’s cases said these discoveries help the families.
“I try to get to that scene because I need to know so we can give some closure to some of those family members. It means the world,” said Dinorah Perry with the Missing Children International Ministries.