In September, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol resolved a pair of decades-old cold cases while training at Foss Lake using a $2,800 side imaging sonar fish finder. This high-tech equipment is credited with locating two submerged cars containing six bodies near a boat ramp. Recently, OHP scored again when it used new sonar equipment to locate at least 17 submerged vehicles in the McClellan-Kerr navigation channel near Inola.
Imagine how many other cold cases could be solved nationwide if these fish finders, which use high-resolution imaging technology, were employed in a systematic search. Every boater, whether law enforcement or recreational, who possess these state-of-the-art fish finders should be checking around all boat ramps, marinas, bridges and areas where a vehicle would be most likely to run off the road and into the water.
Anglers who join the search would be able to top any fish story if they helped bring closure to loved ones.
Cole Herndon, Oklahoma City