Investigation Continues after 6 bodies found in Foss Lake

Investigation Continues after 6 bodies found in cars in Foss Lake

Investigation Continues after 6 bodies found in cars in Foss Lake

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Photo credit: Larissa Graham, The Elk City Daily News Photo credit: Larissa Graham, The Elk City Daily News

Investigators in Custer County are back on the scene at Foss Lake this morning, where the bodies of six people have been found in two submerged cars.

The Custer County Sheriff's Department tells Fox 25 they will plan to finish processing a 1969 Camaro pulled from the water yesterday, and then start going through the 1950's model Chevy "inch, by inch."

Right now the medical examiner is still working to identify the victims.

Police say this discovery may help solve two cold cases from the late 1950s and 1970.  The cars were found last week by accident as a Custer County Sheriff's Office dive team was testing a sonar system in the lake.   The sonar located the cars, and they were pulled from the water on Tuesday afternoon. 

"So they went back and did a scheduled dive today and were going to recover the cars. When they pulled the cars out of the water, the first one that came out they found bones in the car," said Betsy Randolph, spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

The Medical Examiner's office was called in after skeletal remains were found inside the vehicles.

Related: See more photographs from the scene at Lake Foss.

One of the cars was a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro, belonging to Jimmy Williams. The car and Williams were last seen on November 20, 1970.  Williams was last seen driving the car in Sayre with two friends, 18-year-old Thomas Rios and 18-year-old Leah Johnson.

The second vehicle, a 1950s Chevrolet was also pulled from the lake. It's believed that vehicle is linked to two people missing from Canute.

In addition to the Custer County Sheriff's Department, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation, and the state medical examiner's office were all expected back on the scene Wednesday.

"We thought it was just going to be stolen vehicles and that's not what it turned out to be, obviously," Randolph said.

She said the Highway Patrol is hoping the discovery will offer some relief to families who may have gone decades wondering where a missing loved one was.

"We're hoping these individuals, that this is going to bring some sort of closure to some families out there who have been waiting to hear about missing people," she said. "If that's the case, then we're thrilled we were able to bring some sort of closure to those families."

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