Skeletal remains of person missing for 19 years found underwater in Ridley Township, source says

An investigation is underway after the skeletal remains of a person were found in a submerged car in the Ridley Township Creek on Saturday. 

A source tells FOX 29 the family of a man who went missing 19 years ago received a tip that his car was in a waterway near Stingers Waterfront in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania. 

Police say officers responded to the Ridley Township Municipal Marina at 401 S. Swarthmore Avenue around 3 p.m. for a report of a missing vehicle discovered. 

Authorities say they were notified by a volunteer search and recovery organization called Adventures with Purpose Underwater Dive and Recovery, which investigates cold cases specializing in locating vehicles underwater. 

Police say the volunteer divers recovered the car's license plate and human remains. 

The name registered to the license plate matched a Ridley Township person case from December 2003, according to Ridley Township Police. 

A source tells FOX 29 that the family of a man who went missing 19 years ago hired a private dive team to investigate reports of skeletal remains in the water in Ridley Township. 

Investigators with the Delaware County Medical Examiner's Office were also present at the active scene, FOX 29 confirmed. 

Police say the Delaware County Coroner's Office has taken the remains for testing. 

The missing person's family has requested privacy as the investigation continues, police say. 

This is a developing story. Check back for updates. 




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