The mystery of what happened to Terrance Paul Beghin and his 1982 Corvette 27 years ago appears closer to a solution.
Charlotte County workers found a white Corvette in a canal near Rampard Boulevard and Navigator Road in the Deep Creek area of Punta Gorda, Fla., and it was pulled from the water Wednesday morning.
A check of the car’s license plate revealed it was Beghin’s, but detectives said his body was not inside the Corvette.
Beghin, then 26, was reported missing in November 1986.
Authorities notified the family this week about their discovery, and his sister, Deborah Dunbar, who lives in Michigan, told The News-Press that she was grateful for the Charlotte County sheriff’s office and their efforts in the recovery.
“Hopefully, this will bring some closure,” she told the newspaper.
The News-Press reported shortly after he went missing that witnesses said they saw Beghin leave home at midnight on Oct. 30, 1986 in his car. They said he was slightly depressed and uncharacteristically reckless and appeared to be drunk despite his diabetic condition.
One of his roommates, Eric Williams, told the newspaper Beghin’s behavior was unusual as he didn’t usually drink. Another roommate was supposed to get a ride from Beghin that night, but he never showed up. Nor did Beghin ever pick up his paycheck from the restaurant where he worked.
At the time, Detective Lloyd Sisk, who knew Beghin through a church youth program, flew over the area looking for signs of Beghin’s car – in vain – and then feared he had been a victim of foul play.
Friends across the U.S. were asked to be on the lookout for Beghin and his car, and a statewide bulletin was issued.
Photo Credit: Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office
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