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    1. 09-17-2013 09:51 PM #1
      Police testing new sonar equipment find underwater cars with bodies from cold cases.

      http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013...bottom-of-lake





      Two decades-old cars containing five skeletons were recovered Tuesday from a lake in a remote, sparsely populated area of southwestern Oklahoma, officials said — potentially solving a pair of cold cases that have bedeviled local authorities for years.
      Oklahoma Highway Patrol officials stumbled upon the mud-covered cars — a blue 1969 Chevrolet Camaro and a late-1950s-era car — while testing new sonar equipment during a training exercise at Foss Lake, near the tiny town of Foss (population: 157) in Custer County, authorities said.
      Officials at the scene were able to identify one of the three bodies in the Camaro, The Elk City Daily News reported. But no names will be released until family members are notified, the State Bureau of Investigation and the county sheriff's office said.

      State troopers discovered the two cars Tuesday as they were training with new sonar equipment.

      The Camaro is believed to be associated with the disappearance of three students at Sayre High School: Jimmy Allen Williams 16, Thomas Michael Rios, 18, and Leah Gail Johnson 18. They were last seen on Nov. 20, 1970, in Jimmy's car — a blue 1969 Camaro, which was never found, according to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, a bureau of the Justice Department's National Institute of Justice.
      The federal database notes speculation at the time that the teens, who'd said they were going to a football game in Elk City, may have detoured to go hunting at Foss Lake, instead.


      The second vehicle appears to be associated with the disappearance of a couple last seen in Canute, about 10 miles south of the lake, in the early 1960s, Custer County Sheriff Bruce Peoples said in a statement. He asked anyone with information about that case to get in touch as soon as possible at (580) 323-1616.
      Peoples gave no further information on the 1960s case. The missing persons database records no open cases earlier than 1969 in Canute or the surrounding county.
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      09-17-2013 10:01 PM #2
      Thats cool and sad at the same time
      Easy like Sunday Morning.

    3. 09-17-2013 10:14 PM #3
      I'm curious as to what the sonar image looked like.
      RACECAR spelled backwards is RACECAR.

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      09-17-2013 10:27 PM #4
      Quote Originally Posted by don5504 View Post
      I'm curious as to what the sonar image looked like.
      anomalous bumps or spikes in a graph like screen. Also depending on they set it up they can tell if it rock or metal because of the reflection.

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      09-17-2013 10:37 PM #5
      so they just missed a corner on a quiet country road at night and ended up pretty deep in a lake...wild.
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      09-17-2013 10:40 PM #6
      That is amazing!
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      09-17-2013 10:43 PM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by don5504 View Post
      I'm curious as to what the sonar image looked like.
      Like a '69 Camaro.
      Do you want to ride to 60 in three seconds or drive there in five?

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      09-17-2013 11:03 PM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by compy222 View Post
      so they just missed a corner on a quiet country road at night and ended up pretty deep in a lake...wild.
      Could be someone didnt like a few ppl and said "it worked last time"
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      09-17-2013 11:23 PM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by GruuvenNorth View Post
      Thats cool and sad at the same time
      Exactly my thoughts

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      09-17-2013 11:28 PM #10
      What no comments about too much car for the teenager... and if it were my kid they would have has a beetle and payed for it themselves...
      Nothing to see here move along.

    11. 09-17-2013 11:35 PM #11
      That's actually pretty amazing.

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      09-18-2013 12:13 AM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by smetzger View Post
      What no comments about too much car for the teenager... and if it were my kid they would have has a beetle and payed for it themselves...
      Well if it was a proper German car instead of a wallowing Murican muscle pig they would have been able to avoid the lake.
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    13. 09-18-2013 12:15 AM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by don5504 View Post
      I'm curious as to what the sonar image looked like.
      Quote Originally Posted by patrickvr6 View Post
      Like a '69 Camaro.
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      09-18-2013 12:16 AM #14
      i wonder if the sonar test would work on certain cars that have been inspired by a stealth bomber's design...

    15. 09-18-2013 12:17 AM #15
      That car looks more late 40s than late 50s... What American cars had split windshields by the late 50s? Looks like a Mopar product...

    16. 09-18-2013 12:24 AM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by patrickvr6 View Post
      Like a '69 Camaro.

      RACECAR spelled backwards is RACECAR.

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      09-18-2013 12:37 AM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by don5504 View Post
      I'm curious as to what the sonar image looked like.
      If they used side scan sonar, the images can be very good.

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      09-18-2013 12:53 AM #18
      Serial killer ? I find this type of stuff fascinating.

    19. 09-18-2013 01:09 AM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by BRealistic View Post
      If they used side scan sonar, the images can be very good.

      Indeed!
      RACECAR spelled backwards is RACECAR.

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      09-18-2013 01:22 AM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by smetzger View Post
      What no comments about too much car for the teenager... and if it were my kid they would have has a beetle and payed for it themselves...
      If it were an aircooled Beetle, it would float. I was in my old 1976 years ago during a flash flood and there was a low spot on the way home and the front end floated enough to stop the speedometer and disable the steering. I was young and stupid at the time. It was terrifying, never again will I chance that.



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      09-18-2013 01:46 AM #22
      6th body found. Definitely creepy. That ('53 Chevy?) doesn't even look wrecked, and who was the 6th person?

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      09-18-2013 02:28 AM #23
      The technology is really cheap now, Lowrance, Simrad, Raymarine, and Hummingbird all make consumer marine electronics that can do this for a few hundred bucks.

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      09-18-2013 03:17 AM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by Dan Halen View Post
      Eerie.
      Wrong lake.

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      09-18-2013 03:22 AM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by 20aeman View Post
      Wrong lake.
      Damn it!

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      09-18-2013 03:26 AM #26
      Quote Originally Posted by 20aeman View Post
      Wrong lake.
      Damn you.

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      09-18-2013 03:34 AM #27
      Quote Originally Posted by GruuvenNorth View Post
      Thats cool and sad at the same time
      You can say that again.

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      09-18-2013 04:14 AM #29

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      Where were they found? Maybe at the curve by Foss State Park?
      Last edited by JTuhkanen; 09-18-2013 at 10:11 AM.

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      Quote Originally Posted by 20aeman View Post
      Wrong lake.
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      09-18-2013 09:19 AM #31
      That's amazing.

      Can TCL identify the other car found? I'm surprised the hunt hasn't started yet. It makes me want to kill some time at work snooping.
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      09-18-2013 09:49 AM #32
      Quote Originally Posted by VWVan View Post
      The technology is really cheap now, Lowrance, Simrad, Raymarine, and Hummingbird all make consumer marine electronics that can do this for a few hundred bucks.
      With the new DSI downscan imaging that Lowrance offers people can even identify the fish below them. Its insane and you can buy a great unit for about $329
      Cry once....

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      09-18-2013 09:53 AM #33
      Quote Originally Posted by Dan Halen View Post
      Eerie.
      No, it was Foss Lake. Said so in the article.

      -edit- I'm late - should have read the whole thread.

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      09-18-2013 10:04 AM #35
      Oh and "SCAN ALL THE LAKES!"

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