Humminbird helps solve 40-year cold case in USA
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Humminbird Side Imaging technology has helped solve a 40-year-old cold case and given closure to a North Carolina family.
The case involved the disappearance of Air Force retiree Amos Shook from Caldwell County in 1972.
Despite the best efforts of the police, the whereabouts of Shook’s body has remained a mystery, but the missing man’s daughter, Pamela Shook Kolbe, never gave up.
Her request for authorities to revisit the case one last time led to an underwater search of Lake Rhodhiss – where divers used Humminbird Side Imaging to locate Shook’s ’68 Pontiac. Human remains were found inside the silt-filled car, along with Shook’s wallet.
Jason Holder, Battalion Chief of North Catawba Fire and Rescue, explained that searchers used the technology to look off each side of the boat and immediately below it, using 2D sonar.
“Divers went down in the lake in the 70s, but without today’s technology they couldn’t locate it,” he said. “But using our Humminbird unit we were able to find the car, which was half buried in mud. It’s amazing after all this time.
“Humminbird Side Imaging is excellent for us. It eliminates a lot of blind searching, especially when the water is too murky to see.”
The car was found near a boat ramp not far from Shook’s home. Although investigators do not suspect foul play, questions still remain about what happened.