During a training session with new sonar equipment the Custer County Sheriff's Department in Oklahoma came across skeletal remains in two different cars in Foss Lake on Tuesday. Foss Lake is located between Elk City and Clinton, Okla.
A 1969 Chevrolet Camaro was found with three remains that are believed to be the bodies of Jimmy Allen Williams, 16, Leah Gail Johnson, 18, and Thomas Michael Rios, 18.
“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,” Sheriff Bruce Peoples told the Elk City Daily News. “They were headed for Foss Lake and never seen again.”
On Nov. 20, 1970, Jimmy Williams, who had a part time job at Harman's Seventh Street Grocery Store left his home in his Camaro that he had just bought six days earlier. He had told his parents he was going to a football game, but instead he backed his car up to the back door and loaded up some shotguns in the trunk with the help of one of his younger brother's.
From an account from one of Jimmy's friends, Wayne, Jimmy was actually going to go shooting with his friends Leah and Tom. Wayne was going to go to, but changed his mind because there was not enough room in the Camaro. The three never returned home.
The other car found that was from the 1950's had three skeletal remains in it. Peoples said he believed that the remains may belong to a couple that went missing in the early 1960s, although he was not sure who the third person was.
The cars were found at the far south tip of the lake by the boat ramp by the marina about 12-feet down on Sept. 10, but authorities didn't realize there were body's in the cars until today when the cars were pulled out of the water.
Becky Jones posted that Jimmy William's aunt was married to her grandfather.
"Not only did she suffer her own loss of her nephew, but she watched her sister suffer the loss of her son. Both passed away not knowing what happened to Jimmy."
Police are asking for the public's help in identifying who the other car may belong to that was found in the lake.
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