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Oklahoma bodies found in lake means decades-old cold cases being solved

Six Oklahoma bodies found in a lake solved cold cases that are decades old. On Friday authorities released two names of the six people found in two separate cars at the bottom of an Oklahoma lake.One was a 1952 Chevrolet and the other was a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro.

Huffington Post reports that sonar equipment being tested by police.

The two bodies from Oklahoma's Foss Lake that became cold cases are Jimmy Allen Williams, 16 who went missing in 1970 and Cleburn Hammack, 42. Williams went missing in 1970 and Hammack disappeared in 1969.

All of the bodies were discovered in the lake last September. A number of cold cases weren't solved because the missing people were at the bottom of the lake for years and years -- covered in mud and rust.

Betsy Randolph, spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, says:

"It was quite a shock when the first car came out and we saw what was in the driver’s seat."

According to the medical examiner's autopsy reports, both Hammack and Williams likely died from drowning; no trauma was uncovered during the analysis.

Other names will be released after autopsies are completed. Once relatives are notified, they will be made public.

According to The Inquisitr, the other victims found are likely to be Thomas Michael Rios, 18; Leah Gail Johnson, 18; John Alva Porter, 69; and Nora Marie Duncan.

Porter and Duncan were last seen with Williams in the 1952 Chevrolet.

DNA samples from family members are helping authorities identify the bodies found in the lake. This will means the old cold cases will finally be solved.

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