Police in southwestern Oklahoma were training with new sonar location equipment at Foss Lake on September 17, 2013, when they discovered two decades-old mud-covered vintage cars containing six skeletons at the bottom of the lake. Oklahoma Highway Patrol officers were training with the new equipment near the tiny town of Foss in Custer County, about 150 miles west of Oklahoma City. The cars were found side by side in about 12 feet of water. The first car found was a blue 1969 Chevrolet Camaro that contained the bodies of three teenagers. The second car found was a 1951 Chevrolet and also contained three bodies, believed to be all men.
The 1969 Chevy Camaro matches the description of a car driven by Jimmy Allen Williams of Sayre, who was 16 when he disappeared with Thomas Michael Rios and Leah Gail Johnson on Nov. 20, 1970. Williams told his parents he was going to a football game in Elk City but was seen by witnesses loading shotguns into the trunk of the car at his home before leaving. According to friends at the time, the three teenagers were actually going on a shooting trip. Their legendary disappearances have long been part of local lore.
The second vehicle appears to be associated with the disappearance of a 69-year-old man and his two friends who were last seen in Canute, about 10 miles south of the lake, in the early 1960s. They were headed for Foss Lake and never seen again.
Debbie McManamman told KFOR that she believes the older car, the 1950s-era Chevrolet, contains the remains of her grandfather.
“We never gave up, we always wanted some clue that somebody knew something. It’s been very traumatic – I can remember my dad having dreams at night and getting in the car as soon as he was off from his day job, taking my mom, and they would look and look and look for any trace.”
The remains of all six bodies were turned over to the medical examiner’s office who are expected to use DNA from surviving family members to identify the skeletons.
View pictures of the discovery in the photo montage after the break.