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UPDATE: Remains found in submerged car of Hampton man reported missing in 2013

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Ethan Kazmerzak
Ethan Kazmerzak (Photo: Hampton Police Department)

UPDATE (KWWL): The Franklin County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that human remains have been found in Ethan Kazmerzak's car that was discovered and removed from a pond on Tuesday.

The remains will be sent to the State Medical Examiner in Ankeny, Iowa for identification.

Kazmerzak and his vehicle have been missing since September 15, 2013. The car was found submerged in a pond northwest of Hampton, Iowa, near where Kazmerzak had last been seen seven years ago.

The 2006 Volkswagen was recovered using divers from the Story County Sheriff's Office Dive Team and with help from the Adventures with Purpose Crew, whose search efforts resulted in the discovery.

Multiple other area and state emergency agencies assisted on scene.

HAMPTON, Iowa (KWWL) -- The Franklin County Sheriff's Office says they have found a car believed to be of a missing man from Hampton.

The Sheriff's Office says a dive team located the car of Ethan Kazmerzak on Monday. The car was found submerged in a body of water northwest of Hampton.

It's near one of the last locations Kazmerzak was seen in September 2013. The car that was located is thought to be Kazmerzak's 2006 Volkswagen, which had also been missing.

The Sheriff says this body of water had been searched twice previously. Efforts are currently underway to recover the vehicle.

The dive team that assisted with the recovery was Adventures with Purpose.

According to, Kazmerzak was seen in several Hampton pubs the night before he was reported missing and was last seen at a party at a gravel pit pond.

You can find more information on the cold case here.

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