The Oklahoma Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has identified the remains of 6 individuals that were recovered last year from two vehicles in Foss Lake.
The cause of death for all six was determined to be probable drowning as the result of an accident, spokeswoman Amy Elliott said.The confirmation of identities solves the mystery surrounding the disappearance of three Oklahoma teenagers, who went missing Nov. 20, 1970, while on their way to attend a football game in Elk City, Oklahoma.
Jimmy Allen Williams, 16, Leah Gail Johnson, 18, and Thomas Michael Rios, 18, all of Sayre, were found in a 1969 Camaro.
Three adults reported missing from Canute, Oklahoma in 1969 were recovered from a 1952 Chevrolet and identified using DNA testing, Elliott said. The three have been identified as John Alva Porter, 69, of Elk City, Cleburn Hammack, 42, of Sayre, and Nora Marie Duncan, 58, of Canute, she said.
The two cars were found about three feet apart in about 12 feet of water near the lake’s main concrete boat dock. A road narrows into the dock, which authorities said may explain how the vehicles ended up in the water.