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Car recovered from Oklahoma lake shows sign of wreck

Modified: September 25, 2013 at 3:55 pm •  Published: September 25, 2013

ELK CITY (AP) — A Camaro connected to the 1970 disappearance of three teens that was recovered from an Oklahoma lake shows signs of an accident, while a second car connected to another case appears not to have been in a wreck, a state trooper said.

The Camaro and another Chevrolet missing since 1969 were recovered after troopers testing sonar equipment detected them near a boat ramp at Foss Lake. Police believe they have solved two missing-persons cases involving a total of six people. The state medical examiner's office is attempting to determine identities.

Trooper George Hoyle told the Daily Elk Citian newspaper that the Camaro was running when it entered the lake and the impact damaged the radiator fan, a motor mount, the drive shaft and the fuel pump. He said the evidence suggests foul play was not involved in the teenagers' disappearance and that the driver was possibly unfamiliar with his surroundings.

“One scenario is the driver didn't know where he was at,” Hoyle said. “He was driving a little faster than he should have. He ended up striking the water, which was a pretty good impact to the undercarriage of the vehicle.”

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