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“I think the kids were frightened by it, and we didn’t talk about it much,” said Gayla Splinter, a clerk at a Sayre law office who lived in nearby Erick when the teens went missing. “It’s always been a mystery.”

Peoples said he was confident the Camaro held the remains of the three teens. Authorities were not as clear about what the second vehicle contained.

The state medical examiner’s office said it believed the remains of six people were recovered overall.

Tim Porter of Enid said he believed the remains in that vehicle could be those of his grandfather, John Albert Porter, who disappeared along with two other people in 1969.

“Forty-something years of wondering who or why,” Porter said. “If it is my grandfather in there, it’s a gift.”

Porter said he offered up a DNA sample to help authorities determine the identities of the victims, a process Peoples said could take as long as a year.

The bones were being sent to the medical examiner’s office to identify the victims and determine how they died.