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Nonprofit's assistance was crucial to finding Toni Anderson's car

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Watters is a professional fisherman who uses the latest and greatest equipment; he can spot what no one else can. (KCTV) Watters is a professional fisherman who uses the latest and greatest equipment; he can spot what no one else can. (KCTV)
PARKVILLE, MO (KCTV) -

The recovery of Toni Anderson’s car may not have been possible if not for a nonprofit who wanted to help.

The man who runs it drove across the state to help.

It took state of the art equipment and years of experience to find that car.

When Dennis Watters with Team Watters Sonar Search & Recovery, Inc. heard about Anderson's disappearance and the fruitless attempts to find her, he knew he could help.

“What we’re blessed with the opportunity to use the equipment well,” Watters said.

Watters is a professional fisherman who uses the latest and greatest equipment; he can spot what no one else can.

“It's not just the equipment,” Watters said. “It's the experience and knowing how these cars look.”

Several years ago, he found a niche running a nonprofit to help police search underwater. “We've found stuff that's put people in jail for life,” he said.

He offered to help Anderson's family and police with the search.

“The only way I'd come is if the investigative agency says it's okay,” he said. “We're a professional group and we just don't barge in.”

He says Anderson’s car was difficult to spot in the deep, fast moving waters of the Missouri. However, once his sonar pinged it he knew he had a car.

Watters believes if he hadn't spotted it, crews may never have spotted the vehicle. “The Missouri River was on its way to swallowing this car up,” he explained.

The next challenge was recovering the car.

“Any other team would have quit,” he said. “They did a great job.”

Watters' equipment and expertise helped police clear a major milestone in this case, but the fisherman calls his work bittersweet.

“Sometimes you give them closure, but sometimes go away feeling hurt or down because there's no hope now,” he said.

Watters’s nonprofit does not charge for their work; they rely on donations.

Police have not yet identified the body they found inside the car. They hope to do so in the next week.

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