In 2013, highway patrol officers found two rusting, abandoned cars resting at the bottom of Foss Lake, near Clinton, Oklahoma. Initially the cars were thought to be stolen, but on further investigation, police discovered something much much worse: the skeletons of three teenagers and three adults.
The discovery was completely coincidental. The highway patrol wasn’t searching for the cars, they were just testing out their new sonar equipment at the lake.
After fishing the cars out, the officers ran the license plates through their system and found that one of the cars (a blue Camaro) belonged to a group of teenagers who were reported missing in 1970. DNA tests on the three skeletons in the car confirmed their suspicions.
On November 20, 1970, three friends—Jimmy Allen Williams, Leah Gail Johnson, and Thomas Michael Rios—took a trip to Elk City, Oklahoma, to watch a football game. They never arrived to their destination. At the time, people who knew the trio thought that they had stopped to shoot turkeys. They were reported missing soon after.
The other car found in the lake was a green Chevrolet that contained three skeletons. The remains were identified as those of John Alva Porter (69), Cleburn Hammack (42), and Nora Marie Duncan (58). These three were reported missing in 1969.
The discovery of these two cars marks the end of the decades-long missing persons cases. It is believed that the deaths of both cars’ occupants were a result of accidental drowning.