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Okla. police find 6 submerged bodies that could have been missing for decades

- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Investigators in Custer County, Okla., recovered two submerged cars from a lake Tuesday morning, discovering six dead bodies that could prove to be people who have been missing for decades.

The Custer County Sheriff's Department told a local Fox affiliate that they pulled a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro and a 1950's model Chevy from Foss Lake. The medical examiner is still working to identify the victims, the report said.

Police say this discovery may help solve two cold cases from the late 1950s and 1970.

The Camaro belonged to Jimmy Williams, who was last seen on November 20, 1970. Williams was last seen driving the car in Sayre with two friends, 18-year-old Thomas Rios and 18-year-old Leah Johnson, KOKH-TV reported.

The 1950s Chevrolet is believed to be linked to two people missing from Canute.

The cars were found last week by accident as a Custer County Sheriff's Office dive team was testing a sonar system in the lake.

Spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Betsy Randolph, said they hope the discovery will help provide some closure.

"We're hoping these individuals, that this is going to bring some sort of closure to some families out there who have been waiting to hear about missing people," she said.

The medical examiner says it could take anywhere from days to years to determine an identity, depending on the preservation of the bodies, KFOR-TV reported.

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