Investigators work to identify six bodies found in Oklahoma's Foss Lake

The state medical examiner's office tests DNA of family members to identify remains of six bodies. The remains were found in two cars in Foss Lake by Oklahoma Highway Patrol divers.
by Juliana Keeping and Adam Kemp Modified: September 18, 2013 at 9:48 pm •  Published: September 18, 2013

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.

Awaiting closure

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.”


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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by Adam Kemp
Enterprise Reporter
Adam Kemp is an enterprise reporter and videographer for the Oklahoman and Newsok.com. Kemp grew up in Oklahoma City before attending Oklahoma State University. Kemp has interned for the Oklahoman, the Oklahoma Gazette and covered Oklahoma State...
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