Officers with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol's lake division who were testing out a new sonar device found more than they were expecting when they detected two cars at the bottom of Foss Lake. According to ABC News on Sept. 18, inside the car they found the bones belonging to up to six bodies.
Upon the discovery of the vehicles, the rusted cars were pulled out of the lake. Both cars were Chevrolets and at least one of them dates back to the 1960s. Investigators believe these cars could help solve some decades-old cold cases.
A statement from the sheriff's office indicates that investigators may already have an idea of who may be inside the cars. The statement reads, "Missing persons reports from 1969 and 1970 that originate from neighboring jurisdiction show real similarity with the vehicles that were recovered from the lake… However, no positive identification has been made."
ABC notes that one case they are referring to involved 16-year-old Jimmy Williams, who was driving around with his two friends. According to the Associated Press, Tim Porter believes his grandfather and two of his friends might be the people in the other car.
But questions remain: How did the cars get there? The Associated Press cites the Sheriff Bruce Peoples as saying it is a possibility that the cars were simply driven into the lake and the passengers drowned. The vehicles were found not far from a marina.
The next step is for a medical examiner to try to match the DNA of the bodies to any living family members.