Decades later, 6 missing people found in cars in lake

Investigators examine the long-submerged cars. (Image from newson6.com)

Investigators examine the long-submerged cars. (Image from newson6.com)

Police departments love hoarding expensive equipment (exhibits A and B) but sometimes it pays off.

In Oklahoma, state police testing out new sonar on a lake found six decades-old skeletons in two cars.

The remains were identified as those of three teens missing since 1970 and three men missing since the early 1960s.

The bodies were found Tuesday as police practiced using the sonar on Foss Lake in Custer County. They detected two cars and figured they would be newer vehicles that were recently stolen.

Instead, they found a 1969 Camaro, a 1950 Chevy and — after pulling the rusted hulks out of the water — bones.

The remains found in the Camaro are thought to be those of Jimmy Williams, 16 at the time of his death, Thomas Michael Rios, 18, and Leah Gail Johnson, 18. Williams, who bought the car by working at a grocery store, was thought to be driving his friends from his hometown of Sayre to a football game in nearby Elk City on Nov. 20, 1970. Police at the time said the trio “disappeared into thin air.”

The skeletons found in the older vehicle have not been identified, but may be those of three people missing from Washita County since the early 1960s.

What lies beneath Georgia’s biggest lakes? Due to the forest of trees lining the bottom of man-made lakes Lanier and Allatoona, there’s no telling.

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27 comments Add your comment

Bernie31

September 18th, 2013
8:26 am

It seems at lakes Lanier and Allatoona Bodies are Fished out weekly. The ghosts of the lake takes them and returns them most times in days.

Brace4impactz

September 18th, 2013
8:28 am

Equal parts tragic and strange story. Condolences to families involved.

MANGLER

September 18th, 2013
8:33 am

When they were re-dredging canals in Fort Lauderdale a few years back to help with storm runoff issues, crews dug up 30 something vehicles that had ended up in the canal over the years. No remains other than the cars. They assumed that most had been stolen and ditched over the years. I’m sure cars are in almost every body of water.

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Captain Midnight

September 18th, 2013
9:02 am

The Camaro has less rust on it than my neighbors Vega.

Esquire

September 18th, 2013
9:20 am

Captain Midnight: If I still had a Vega I would let it oxidize as well.

BenDaho

September 18th, 2013
9:32 am

Why couldn’t it be the presidential limosine?

Bombamama

September 18th, 2013
9:43 am

Here we go again………………

Shut Your Face BenDaho!!

September 18th, 2013
9:48 am

WHAT AN IGNORANT, STUPID & DUMB THING TO SAY!! BenDaho is an IDIOT!! Do you drive or your love ones? Who knows, you could go that way one day being so insenitive. My condolences to the families.

Shut Your Face BenDaho!!

September 18th, 2013
9:49 am

Instead of making ignorant comments, learn how to SPELL first!!

lulz

September 18th, 2013
10:07 am

@ShutYourFace take it easy, you know Republicans have a hard time with spelling. And critical thinking.

Mr Smiley

September 18th, 2013
10:26 am

democrats have a hard time with math…we all have our faults

BenDaho

September 18th, 2013
10:29 am

Shut Your Face BenDaho!!

September 18th, 2013
9:49 am
Instead of making ignorant comments, learn how to SPELL first!!

This from a sentence structure retard.

Billy

September 18th, 2013
10:57 am

Sorry to hear, but glad the bodies were finally found, at least for the families. I can’t see why “trees” in the bottoms of Altoona and Lanier could not be overcome by metal detectors of some type. We need to examine all ponds, lakes, and other waterways, since criminal evidence and missing persons cases could be resolved…

Joking

September 18th, 2013
11:04 am

Geez some uptight people reading the AJC it was a comment about someone holding a political office dial it down. If the prez was doing such a good job you would tend to just laugh it off. Since he is not really doing but a fair to poor job DEMS are just a bit sensitive. In case you haven’t noticed his own party they aren’t really happy with him. So put your kool aid down and step away from the keyboard. Take a look around and read the numbers for yourself.
I guess no political humor in the AJC unless Mick Luckovich draws it huh? It is ok if he has no moral boundries passing it off for humor right?

Whiskey Breath

September 18th, 2013
11:55 am

I know you guys love to pat the police on the back, but have they really helped that much?
I would be happier if they would have solve some recent crimes.
WB

what happens to the rest

September 18th, 2013
1:01 pm

Hey Whiskey Breath,
Police found the missing teen about 2 hours ago…

norma

September 18th, 2013
2:38 pm

It seems at lakes Lanier and Allatoona Bodies are Fished out weekly. The ghosts of the lake takes them and returns them most times in days.

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2:44 pm

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partlycloudy

September 18th, 2013
3:53 pm

So did several cars miss that sharp curve and go into the lake? Or is there a serial murderer afoot now for decades?
And why wasn’t that lake landing site checked when each of those cars went missing? Sounds like bad police work.

HCCynic

September 18th, 2013
4:35 pm

@ BenDaho – good question. Honest, inquiring, minds want to know

@ Bombamama – Well played; love the subtle and understated prognostication of the direction the comments would turn

oldfart

September 18th, 2013
6:35 pm

Oklahoma state police must have every other gadget they need if they are purchasing underwater sonar in a land-locked state.

sansho1

September 18th, 2013
7:33 pm

@oldfart

Yep, sounds like federal War On Drugs money laundering to me.

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September 18th, 2013
8:30 pm

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