6 Missing for Decades Possibly Found in Okla. Lake

Lingering mysteries may have been solved at Oklahoma's Foss Lake

By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff | Suggested by T.A.R.D.I.S

Posted Sep 18, 2013 8:32 AM CDT | Updated Sep 22, 2013 11:18 AM CDT

(Newser) – Two mysteries, one 43 years old, the other a half-century, may have been solved—accidentally. The Elk City Daily News reports that Oklahoma authorities testing out new sonar technology at Foss Lake earlier this month stumbled upon two cars about 12 feet below the surface. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation raised the vehicles last Tuesday, and officers were surprised to find something in them: the remains of six people, believed to be tied to a 1970 cold case and an even older rumor.

In the first case, teens Jimmy Williams, Thomas Rios, and Gail Johnson were driving a 1969 Chevy Camaro to an Elk City football game on Nov. 20, 1970, when they vanished. The Daily Elk Citian reports that a blue Camaro matching the description of the car Williams was driving was pulled from the lake; KFOR reports that at least one of the victims in the car has been IDed. As for the second car, Custer County Sheriff Bruce Peoples recalls that as a state trooper in 1973, "I heard rumors that sometime in the early '60s there were two or three people in a car ... [who] were headed for Foss Lake and never seen again." The second car, possibly a 1951 or 1952 model Chevy, is believed to be tied to these missing people. Click for more cold cases.

Two cars were raised from Foss Lake yesterday.
Two cars were raised from Foss Lake yesterday.   (planet news)
Three teens went missing in 1970.
Three teens went missing in 1970.   (TheNetFrancesco)
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