After more than 40 years of speculation, the town of Sayre, Oklahoma, finally has some answers regarding the mysterious disappearance of three teenagers in 1970.
In September of 2013 authorities located a 1969 Camaro in Foss Lake. After the vehicle was on dry land authorities discovered that there were three bodies inside.
After a year of DNA analysis, medical examiners from Sayre were able to identify the three teenagers, who were reported missing 40 years ago. The remains were identified as Jimmy Allen Williams, 16, Leah Gail Johnson, 18, and Thomas Michael Rios, 18.
The discovery of the submerged Camaro was an act of pure luck, as local authorities were testing out sonar equipment. After discovering the Camaro, authorities found a 1950s Chevrolet, which had gone missing in 1969. Within the Chevrolet, authorities found three more bodies.
The remains inside the Chevrolet were identified as John Alva Porter, 69, Cleburn Hammack, 42, and Nora Marie Duncan, 58.
In both cases the medical examiner found no reason to suspect foul play. The bodies showed signs of accidental drowning.
Porter’s granddaughter, Debbie McManaman, was only 13 years old when her grandfather went missing while driving his truck. McManaman told reporters, "It [has] been a crazy year; it's been a blessed year. It's been a relief. It's been closure. Any trace or any thought that anybody would have, we were looking, we never gave up hope.”
Like McManaman, Jimmy Williams' mother never gave up on her son, believing that he would one day return home. According to the Daily Telegraph, William’s mother baked a birthday cake for her son every year, praying that he would return.
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