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Oklahoma bodies found in lake: New details in gruesome discovery

The discovery of two cars over 40 years old has uncovered the mystery of Foss Lake in Oklahoma. In this remote and sparsely populated area, authorities found six bodies that could allow detectives to solve some unsolved cases that have spent years in the archives of local authorities, according to an Aug. 10 Canada Journal report.

In Sept. of last year officials from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol found the cars, covered in mud, when testing new sonar equipment during a training exercise in Custer County. One was a blue 1969 Chevrolet Camaro and the other vehicle was a 1952 Chevy.

Inside both cars, investigators discovered human skeletal remains.The state medical examiner’s office said Friday that it positively identified two of six sets of the remains. The bones and skulls were those of a teenage boy who disappeared in 1970 and a man who vanished a year earlier.

"It was quite a shock when the first car came out and we saw what was in the driver's seat," Betsy Randolph, spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said last year.

The state medical examiner concluded that Jimmy Allen Williams, 16, and Cleburn Hammack, 42, both likely drowned and the manner of death is listed as accidental.

The names of the others will be released when testing is complete and their relatives have been notified. The medical examiner hasn’t positively identified the other four sets of remains, but they are believed to be those of Thomas Michael Rios, 18, and Leah Gail Johnson, 18, who were believed to be with Williams, and John Alva Porter, 69, and Nora Marie Duncan, 58.

Sayre, Okla. residents were horrified after the disappearances and held a candlelight vigil for the victims as recently as four years ago.