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Old 09-20-13, 09:54 PM
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Creepy: 2 cars containing 6 bodies found in lake after 40 years

Even weirder is that these are separate cases. When I first heard about it in passing yesterday, I thought maybe the cars collided and ended up in the lake, but apparently the one car has been there since the early-'60s, the other since 1970.

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Cold, wet cases: Oklahoma troopers stumble on six bodies in two cars at bottom of lake

Courtesy Elk City Daily News

By M. Alex Johnson, Staff Writer, NBC News

Two decades-old cars containing six skeletons were recovered from a lake in a remote, sparsely populated area of southwestern Oklahoma, officials said Tuesday potentially solving a pair of cold cases that have bedeviled local authorities for years.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol officials stumbled upon the mud-covered cars a blue 1969 Chevrolet Camaro and a 1950s-era car while testing new sonar equipment during a training exercise last week at Foss Lake, near the tiny town of Foss (population: 157) in Custer County, authorities said.

Two cars containing bodies of six people missing for decades were recovered from the bottom of a lake in Oklahoma. KFOR's Courtney Francisco reports.

After initially having reported that five bodies were discovered, Custer County Sheriff Bruce Peoples told The Elk City Daily News late Tuesday that a sixth set of remains had been found.

Officials at the scene were able to identify one of the three bodies in the Camaro, but no names will be released until family members are notified, the State Bureau of Investigation and the sheriff's office said.

Trooper George Hoyle, who was driving the boat that located the vehicles Sept. 10, told the Daily News that the two cars were side by side in about 12 feet of water.

"On the first pass, we found both cars," Hoyle said but officers weren't aware of the remains, and the cars remained at the bottom of the lake until Tuesday.

State troopers discovered the two cars Tuesday as they were training with new sonar equipment.

The Camaro is believed to be associated with the disappearance of three students at Sayre High School: Jimmy Allen Williams 16, Thomas Michael Rios, 18, and Leah Gail Johnson 18. They were last seen on Nov. 20, 1970, in Jimmy's car a blue 1969 Camaro, which was never found, according to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, a bureau of the Justice Department's National Institute of Justice.

The federal database notes speculation at the time that the teens, who'd said they were going to a football game in Elk City, may have detoured to go hunting at Foss Lake, instead.

The second vehicle appears to be associated with the disappearance of a couple last seen in Canute, about 10 miles south of the lake, in the early 1960s, Peoples said. He said he had no further information about that case beyond long-ago-told stories. The missing persons database records no open cases earlier than 1969 in Canute or the surrounding county.

"In 1973, I worked for Beckham and Custer County as a state trooper, and I heard rumors that sometime in the early '60s there were two or three people in a car, and they were last seen in Canute," Peoples told the Elk City newspaper. "They were headed for Foss Lake and never seen again."

Peoples asked anyone with information about the case to get in touch as soon as possible at (580) 323-1616.
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Re: Creepy: 2 cars containing 6 bodies found in lake after 40 years

Jimmy Hoffa, D.B. Cooper...
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Supermallet quits being a mod and then this happens...

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Re: Creepy: 2 cars containing 6 bodies found in lake after 40 years

Yep, there's something afoot, without question.
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Maybe they should do a few blood alcohol tests on those dead people.
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^Either impaired driving, which wasn't as frowned upon back then as it is now, or foul play. Who drives down a boat ramp in a rational state of mind? The autopsies should at least be able to rule out/in murder (stab wounds or bullet holes, or lack thereof, in the skeletons).
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Re: Creepy: 2 cars containing 6 bodies found in lake after 40 years

i would of thought the bodies would have decomposed completely after 40 some years
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Who drives down a boat ramp in a rational state of mind?
Maybe they were previously rescued after getting lost while hiking.
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Re: Creepy: 2 cars containing 6 bodies found in lake after 40 years

The boat ramp thingy reminds me of the death of Jessica Savitch.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jessica_Savitch

The A&E Biography special about her inspired Will Ferrell to make Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.
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Watching this clip
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A black guy did it.
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A black guy did it.
They never got out of the car.
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The police have a person of interest:

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Re: Creepy: 2 cars containing 6 bodies found in lake after 40 years

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The boat ramp thingy reminds me of the death of Jessica Savitch.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jessica_Savitch
Interesting. I've heard the name before, but the case doesn't ring a bell. But that and this latest case reminds me of one I read in an Ann Rule book, in which a Seattle woman vanished in 1979, or thereabouts. Many years later her car was found in hundreds of feet of water under a major bridge. She had driven over the side and no one had noticed.
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This is what happened to the Iron Butterfly bass player. He disappeared one day and several years later they found his car and skeleton in some heavy ass brush area. He had run off road.
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This whole thing smells of George Zimmerman.
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Vin Diesel will be in the 4th coming flick by Twohy, Chappaquiddick.

There are a few scenes which are really similar to this.

Scary.
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Re: Creepy: 2 cars containing 6 bodies found in lake after 40 years

Five teens found in Florida canal after 18 years.
Man found in Kansas lake after 19 years.
Woman found in Florida canal after 20 years.
Woman found in British Columbia lake after 38 years.

It looks like people whose cars are underwater can be undiscovered for a long, long time, and criminals already knew that.
Police find 110 cars in canal, including bones.

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Has anyone dredged the Panama Canal, yet.
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^Either impaired driving, which wasn't as frowned upon back then as it is now, or foul play. Who drives down a boat ramp in a rational state of mind? The autopsies should at least be able to rule out/in murder (stab wounds or bullet holes, or lack thereof, in the skeletons).
On the local news there was an officer saying that they had pulled numerous cars from that area of the lake over the years. The road must be poorly marked or subject to flooding, I can't imagine any other reason someone would drive into a lake without realizing it.
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And this was before GPS, even.
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2 cars 6 bodies...1 cup
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On the local news there was an officer saying that they had pulled numerous cars from that area of the lake over the years. The road must be poorly marked or subject to flooding, I can't imagine any other reason someone would drive into a lake without realizing it.
Again, maybe a dumping ground, though I can't imagine this desolate corner of Oklahoma is home to a whole lot of murders, let alone multiple-murders.
If foul play is not involved, why did none of these people escape through windows as the cars were sinking? I can understand if it were a cliff situation, slamming into the water, being out cold or disoriented or even dead, but a gradual decline like this lends itself well to escape.
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^Marion was in the trunk, dead.
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