The cars in Foss Lake with the bodies of six missing persons inside comes with more questions than there are answers today. Two submerged cars in Foss Lake were found accidentally this week when members of the police department were testing out and training with their new sonar equipment, according to the Christian Science Monitor on Sept. 19.
The equipment picked up two cars sitting in 12-feet of water beneath the surface of Foss Lake in Foss, Oklahoma. The cars were literally side by side, just feet apart, but it is not known how they got there. Both these cars contained three bodies, each from separate missing person’s cases more than 40 years ago.
The skeletal remains have not been officially identified, but the cars that both parties were last seen in are the cars that were pulled up from the lake. Each car contains the remains of three people, which would fit with what is known about the missing person’s cases from decades ago.
While this find will finally give the families of these six people closure, Sheriff Bruce Peoples said, the lingering question of how these cars with six people came to rest in a watery grave over four decades ago needs to be answered. He is hoping to find these answers to the two mysteries that have haunted the locals for almost a half of a century.
This will be treated as a crime scene until authorities are able to determine this as a simple wreck, or in this case, two simple wrecks. Did these victims meet with foul play, were they murdered and the bodies dumped there by pushing the car into the water? Or did the drivers of both cars simply take the same wrong turn about a year apart?
You have to admit, this isn’t something that sounds like a coincidence. The cars are at the bottom of the lake, about 50-feet beyond the end of the boat ramp. You would think that out of the two car wrecks, one or more of the folks would have been able to swim to safety if they just took a wrong turn and landed in water. This is one strange and very cold case for the police today.
In 1970, three teens went missing after they were last seen driving in Jimmy Williams new 1969 Camaro. Williams was with Michael Rios and Leah Johnson and the three were headed for a high school football game. They were never seen or heard from again.
About a year earlier, in 1969, another missing person’s case was reported. The two cases were similar as far as the car had three people, two men and a woman. These three local folks were last seen in a 1950s Chevy, said Sheriff Peoples.
The missing person’s reports match what the police found. The make, year and model of the cars are what was reported 40 years ago, as well as each car having the remains of three people inside, which is the number of folks reported missing from each incident. This doesn’t leave much doubt that these are the people reported missing from the area in 1969 and 1970.
Peoples also said that it is “entirely possible that the victims simply drove into Foss Lake and drowned. We know that to happen, even if you know your way around it could happen that quick.”
Some locals still believe the teens ran across some dangerous people and died at their hands. For the 43 years that the teens have been missing, people believed they met with foul-play, said Dayva Spitzer, publisher of the local paper and a resident of the town.
While the authorities are sure that the Camaro holds the remains of the three teens, they are still not positive about the remains found in the other car. Tim Porter of Enid said he believes the other car holds the remains of his grandfather who went missing with two other people back 40 plus years.
The medical examiner will examine the bones and make the positive ID. Hopefully he will be able to determine the cause of death for all six of these deceased people.