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Secrets held for up to 40 years are being revealed beneath the waters of Oklahoma's own Foss Lake.
Two cars, a 1969 Camaro and a 1957 Cevrolet, were pulled from the lake on Tuesday, with the skeletal remains of three bodies in each car.
The cars were found by accident by Oklahoma Highway Patrol as they were training with new sonar.
As of Wednesday afternoon, the identity of at least one victim in the 1969 Camaro has been identified, but names are not being released until all family members are notified.
It has been made known by officials and the community of Sayre, Okla. that the remains in the Camaro are believed to be those of three teens that went missing from Sayre in the 1970. The Camaro fits the description of the vehicle owned by a Sayer 16-year-old, Jimmy Allen Williams, who took two other Sayre teens, 18-year-old Leah Johnson and 18-year-old Thomas Rios for a ride on Nov. 20, 1970 and were never seen again.
The vehicle nor evidence from the disappearances were ever recovered.
The case eventually went cold.
Custer County Sheriff Bruce Peoples has reached out through the media and is asking for help in identifying the other vehicle, a 1957 model car that has three other skeletal remains inside.
Authorities say it may be linked to a separate cold case from 1969 where three people went missing from Canute.
There has been much speculation on who these three individuals could be. One woman believes one could be her grandfather who was 69 years old when he disappeared with his money still in his bank account and house intact.
She and her family have been wondering for the last 40 years.
Unfortunately, with the vehicles and bodies being under water for almost half a century, it will make it a challenge to positively identify the remains.
The Oklahoma State Medical Examiner told the media that it could take anywhere from days to years for the process to be complete; it all depends on the preservation of the remains. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations is expected to release the names of the victims after identification and notification of family members.
The Custer County Sheriff is asking anyone who has information regarding these startling new discoveries to call 580-323-1616.