Sheriff: Vehicles, bodies found in west Okla. lake could be decades-old cold cases

The Associated Press Modified: September 17, 2013 at 6:29 pm •  Published: September 17, 2013
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ELK CITY, Okla. (AP) — Two vehicles possibly missing from more than 40 years ago have been recovered from a western Oklahoma lake and likely contain the bodies of five people who disappeared with them, authorities said Tuesday.

The cars recovered from Foss Lake Tuesday may solve cold cases from the late 1950s and 1970. The Daily Elk Citian reported that the vehicles appear to match a Camaro missing with three Sayre teenagers since 1970 and an older Chevrolet with two Canute residents missing since the late 1950s or early 1960s.

Authorities have not identified who the remains belong to.

"It's just been under water for 40 years. It's a mucky mess," Custer County Sheriff Bruce Peoples told KWEY radio.

In addition to the Custer County Sheriff's Department, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation, and the state medical examiner's office were on scene Tuesday.

Betsy Randolph, spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, said dive teams were at Foss Lake last week conducting training with sonar when they discovered the cars.

"So they went back and did a scheduled dive today and were going to recover the cars. When they pulled the cars out of the water, the first one that came out they found bones in the car," she said.