Car stolen 23 years ago found in river

Posted at 1:41 AM, Sep 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-29 01:41:17-04

SCHENECTADY, NY (WTEN/CNN) - A New York man finally got reunited with his stolen car 23 years later.

At Bobar’s Interstate Towing, one car is not like the others.

A fisherman spotted the car at the bottom of the Mohawk River on Tuesday.

The start of a mystery to most, the end of one to Ronald and Cathy Frank.

"The structure of the car, the style of the car, in spite of the clams, and it was no longer green, it was mud-colored, it was our car," Ronald Frank said.

In 1994, the Franks reported their Honda Accord stolen.

A perpetrator had broken into their home.

"Came in the kitchen, grabbed a purse, took the keys and drove off," Ronald Frank said.

There was no trace of the car until 1995.

Ronald received a phone call from a colleague who had been scuba diving.

"'You lost a car?' I said yes. He said, 'Oh I found it.' I said 'you did? Where," Ronald Frank said.

The car was at the bottom of the Mohawk River.

Back then, little could be done. The car remained home to bass and clams.

More than two decades later, police are working with the DMV to confirm that the vehicle is in fact the Franks’ stolen car.

The Franks are not looking for any follow up, and despite the looks of it, to them, this is no calamity.

“It's like finally watching that final episode," Ronald Frank said.

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