Divers Find Over 40 Cars Underwater In Tennessee

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Talk about a huge loot!
We've been following the Adventures with Purpose YouTube channel for quite some time, as the team has pulled all sorts of interesting cars out of rivers and other bodies of water. Often the goal of these events is to clean up waterways, which is a good cause, but occasionally the submerged cars reveal something more sinister, like a corpse. And while some of the areas the team has visited contained multiple cars, their trip to the Nashville, Tennessee area, with over 40 cars pulled out of the water, was the highest yield we've seen to date.
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That's an insane number of vehicles to find even underwater, and pulling them all out is a monumental effort. As you can imagine, they didn't do all this work alone. Adventures with Purpose is a small business and they always get help from local vehicle salvage companies, but this time it was different. City officials offered their resources to the effort, showing that the influence of this YouTube channel has grown significantly.
The group hosted a live stream event on YouTube to show off all of the vehicles they pulled out of the water in Tennessee. They all sat in a nice row under a blanket, almost like the remains of a crashed plane being collected on a hanger and sorted. Among the recovered cars was the Jeep YJ, probably one of the group's most collectible and most coveted items.
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Some people might still get excited about other cars found underwater, but even in excellent condition and not rusty, water damaged and with missing parts they would still fetch incredibly little in the market. Among them is the unfortunate last-generation Pontiac LeMans, which was just a badge-engineered Daewoo. There's also a ninth-generation Ford Thunderbird and a latest-generation Ford Focus. At least one of the cars was just the chassis, everything else had probably deteriorated after being submerged for so long. Unfortunately, there's no Mach 1 Mustang in the crowd, but given the condition of these cars, that might not be a bad thing.
Although no bodies were found in any of the vehicles, that doesn't mean none were used to commit crimes or were crime scenes at any point. An obvious explanation for why someone drives a car into a body of water is insurance fraud or hiding a vehicle that police are looking for because it was used to commit a violent crime. The investigators from Nashville have to clarify that now.
The team stayed in Nashville rather than move to another area. They were on to a missing persons case involving a man named Bill Simmons who disappeared on June 15, 2020. After some gumboot work, they concluded that he and his car might be in the Cumberland River, and they were correct. Submerged near a jetty, the strong current made recovery difficult, but after several hours they were able to recover the vehicle and the man inside. Now his family finally has some answers, as well as a bunch of new questions.
Watching cars being pulled out of a body of water is undeniably mesmerizing, much like the mesmerization of seeing a barn find unearthed. As we have seen in other areas this team has researched, the possible reasons for driving cars into rivers, lakes, etc. can be varied. Whatever the reason for leaving the cars, Nashville's various waterways are now a little cleaner thanks to Adventures with Purpose.
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