BSO divers find cars, human remains in a West Broward canal
Broward Sheriff’s Office divers training in a Western Broward canal discovered human remains in a submerged minivan late Wednesday morning.
Around 8 a.m., BSO divers entered the canal at the Francis S. Taylor Wildlife Management Area along Interstate 75 to conduct routing dive training. During the course of their dive, they located two passenger vehicles submerged in the water, a Mustang and a Honda. Those vehicles were pulled from the canal and divers continued their operations. Just after 11 a.m., they found an older model Dodge Caravan minivan in 18 feet of water. The green minivan was heavily covered with algae. Inside, divers made a gruesome discovery – human remains.
BSO homicide and crime scene detectives spent most of the afternoon collecting evidence and processing the scene while divers continued to search the water for additional remains. At 3:38 p.m., the tarp-covered minivan was hauled away on a flatbed truck and taken to the Broward County Medical Examiner’s Office in Dania Beach.
BSO Marine Unit divers routinely conduct training exercises in Broward County canals to recover vehicles. Usually, cars that are stolen, abandoned or dumped for insurance fraud are found. About 1 in 100 vehicles yield human remains, according to BSO divers.
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