Was it murder or something else which led to two ancient automobiles with six skeletons being found at the bottom of an Oklahoma lake recently? The disappearance of the six people whose bodies are believed to be the ones found at the bottom of the lake approximately 100 miles west of Oklahoma City had become the coldest of cold cases in that region of the Sooner state over the past several decades, according to CNN.
Now the cases may be solved.......at least as to the final resting place of these missing Oklahomans. But the final pieces of the puzzle.....why and how did they end up at the bottom of a lake in their now ancient automobiles will have to be answered by law enforcement.
The discovery of the missing people's bodies was ignited by a routine expedition to test new sonar equipment at Foss Lake, a reservoir not far from Sayre, Oklahoma, the town from which three of these people are believed to have gone missing. Investigators believe one of the rusting cars contains a teen-ager and two friends who disappeared in 1970. Oklahoma law enforcement looking into the case believe the second car may have as its last occupants a sibling of a federal official who vanished in the 1960s.
But the questions have increased rather than decreased in these two cases since the discovery of possibly six skeletons in two different vehicles side by side in a depth of 12 feet of water and 50 feet from a marina. Is the lake a hiding place for victims by a cunning murder or murderers or is this simply a huge coincidence of two people driving their cars into a lake and certain death?
One of the cars is a 1952 Chevrolet and the other is a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro.
Multiple investigative agencies have become involved in cases of such magnitude. The victims in the Camaro are now believed to be Jimmy Allen Williams, 16, Thomas Michael Rios, 18, and Leah Gail Johnson, 18, all of Sayre, Oklahoma. The believed occupants of the other Chevrolet include Nora Marie King Duncan, 58 of Canute, Oklahoma and friends Cleburn Hammond and John Alva Porter, 69, of Rogers Mills County, Oklahoma.
Sheriff Bruce Peoples said Duncan and the two passengers in her car went missing on April 8, 1969.
Howard Sampier, retired sheriff of Beckham County, told the Elk Citian newspaper that authorities began searching for the three teen-agers as soon as they were reported missing in 1970. He further said they had no leads or ideas that the missing youths might be at the bottom of Foss Lake.
Darrell Splawn, a diver with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, said the first things he touched when he descended into the dark depths of the lake were an open door and then a foot.
An Oklahoma state medical examiner said it could take days or even years for positive identifications of the six bodies found in the death cars, according to KFOR television news. The examiner said it would depend on how well the skeletons were preserved. Several relatives of those believed to be the deceased people in the cars have submitted DNA samples to help in the identification process.
Whether these six were victims of foul play or two automobile accidents will be determined by law enforcement investigators as they continue to fit the pieces of this puzzle together.
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