A state parks employee asked the troopers to take pictures of the lake bottom near the boat launch for a new tarmac. That's when a distinctive outline appeared on the screen, that of a classic car.
Hoyle thought it was a PT Cruiser. About a minute later, the sonar found the Camaro.
A dive team investigated and Tuesday, wreckers pulled the cars from the southern end of the 8,800-square-acre Custer County lake. The open door on the '52 Chevy revealed human remains inside. The water where the cars were found was 12 feet deep.
Wednesday, the cars, rusted and caked in red clay, had been pulled to a grassy field near the lakeshore, where authorities worked to sort and remove the remains and other items, including boots.
People who believed the remains of their relatives were inside stopped by throughout the day, offering DNA samples via cheek swabs, Peoples said. Family members were told a positive identification could take as long as a year.
Over the years, Mcmanaman said her family struggled to come to terms with the mystery surrounding her grandfather's disappearance.
She has in the past visited Foss Lake and looked out at the water, wondering.
Prayer groups at her church have asked God to help find John Alva Porter.
“This is the day we've been waiting for,” she said. “The day we've been praying for.”