Western Oklahoma authorities link Foss Lake remains to decades-old cold cases

CUSTER COUNTY, Okla. - Authorities in western Oklahoma believe they may have uncovered the remains of five persons Tuesday missing for decades, according to numerous reports.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol found two vehicles at the bottom of Foss Lake in Custer County Tuesday afternoon. After pulling the mud-encrusted cars from the water, law enforcement officials said the vehicles matched the description of two involved in separate cold cases dating back to the late 1950s or early 1960s and November 1970, according to the Elk City Daily News and the Daily Elk Citian.

KFOR, 2NEWS' NBC affiliate in Oklahoma City, reports a sixth body was also recovered.

The vehicles were found while OHP officers were testing out new sonar equipment, according to the Elk City Daily News.

One of the cars, a 1950s model Chevrolet, the Daily Elk Citian reports, is possibly associated with two men who disappeared from Canute. The other car, a blue Chevrolet Camaro, is linked to the disappearance of three Sayre teens years later.

No positive identifications have been made, but according to the Elk City Daily News, the three missing teens, Jimmy Allen Williams, 16, Thomas Michael Rios, 18, and Leah Gail Johnson, 18, all went for a ride in Williams' Camaro on the night of their disappearance.

Anyone with information should call the Custer County Sheriff's Office at 323-1616.

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