Cars recovered from Oklahoma lake raise questions

Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers testing new sonar equipment discovered the cars Sept. 17 near a boat ramp at Foss Lake. Each contained the remains of three people.
by Juliana Keeping Published: September 25, 2013

— The driver of a 1969 Camaro apparently downshifted into a low gear as the car went into Foss Lake decades ago, authorities said Wednesday.

The investigations continue into what caused two cars to end up in the lake in separate incidents about a year apart.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers testing new sonar equipment discovered the cars Sept. 17 in 12 feet of water about 50 feet from where a boat ramp extends into the lake.

The 1969 Camaro and a 1952 Chevrolet each contained the remains of three people.

Authorities think the remains are tied to two missing persons' cases — three teens reported missing from Sayre in 1970 (the Camaro) and three adults reported missing out of Canute in 1969 (the Chevrolet).

>>Read: Foss Lake discoveries bring families hope for closure (published Sept. 22, 2013)

>>Read: New sonar equipment helps Oklahoma Highway Patrol find cars in Foss Lake (published Sept. 20, 2013)

Trooper George Hoyle said the post-collision investigation of the Camaro has helped piece together what happened.


by Juliana Keeping
Enterprise Reporter
Juliana Keeping is on the enterprise reporting team for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com. Keeping joined the staff of The Oklahoman in 2012. Prior to that time, she worked in the Chicago media at the SouthtownStar, winning a Peter Lisagor Award...
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