UPDATE 9/25/13 – Trooper George Hole told the Daily Elk Citian newspaper that the Camaro was running when it hit the water and the driver was driving “a little faster than he should have.” He says the impact damaged the radiator fan, a motor mount and the fuel pump.
UPDATE 9/21/13 – With the possible identities of the people in the two cars, we now know that one group went missing in April 1969 and the other in Nov. 1970.
UPDATE 9/19/13 – People who think they may be related to the remains found in both cars given DNA samples to the police. Three of the bodies have been taken to the medical examiner on Thursday. Authorities state that a positive identification could take from weeks to as long as a year.
Two rifles and a muddy wallet and purse have been found in one of the cars. It is coming clearer that these two vehicles ended up in the water about a year apart from each other, and one theory from LEO is that the vehicles rolled back into the water and trapped the occupants inside. It could be that the vehicles were found with their front ends facing the bank of the lake which would account for the conclusion they rolled back into the water.
UPDATE: 9/18/13 – Tim Porter of Enid said he believed the remains found in the 1950’s car could be those of his grandfather, John “Alvie” Albert Porter, who disappeared along with two other people in 1969. That car was found 50 feet from the end of the boat ramp.
See more updates throughout the article below with new photos:
|Jimmy’s Camaro shortly after he bought it (Facebook)|
|Jimmy’s Camaro after pulled from lake (Facebook)|
|Shoe found in one of the cars (Facebook)|
“In 1973, I worked for Beckham and Custer County as a state trooper, and I heard rumors that sometime in the early 60s there were two or three people in a car, and they were last seen in Canute,” Peoples told the Elk City Daily News. “They were headed for Foss Lake and never seen again.”
Jimmy, who had a part time job at Harman’s Seventh Street Grocery Store. On Nov. 20, 1970 he left his home in his Camaro that he had just bought six days earlier and told his parents he was going to a football game. Just before he left he backed his car up to the back door and loaded up some shotguns in the trunk with the help of one of his younger brother’s. It was later realized that Jimmy wasn’t going to the football game as he said but was going shooting with his two friends Leah and Tom. Another one of Jimmy’s friends was going to go too, but changed his mind because he thought the car would be too crowded. The three never returned home.
The other car, is a ’52 Chevy and after it was pulled out of the water an open door on the ’52 Chevy revealed human remains inside. it had three skeletal remains in it. Sheriff Bruce Peoples believe that the remains may belong to a couple that went missing in the early 1960s, although he was not sure who the third person was.
UPDATE: 9/19/13 – Clara Jo Irick was notified by authorities that her mother may be one of the people found in Foss Lake. Nora Duncan went missing in April 1969 from Canute, Oklahoma, and she may be on of the people in the 52 Chevy. Her family says she may have been with two other people at the time of her disappearance. One was Alive Porter and the other, Cleburn Hammock.
“It will bring closure to me, for 40 some odd years I wondered what happened to her and I hoped with in my lifetime I would find out,” said Clara Jo Irick who was 39 when her mom went missing.
Alvie Porter may also be the other person in the 52 Chevy.
|John “Alvie” Porter|
The cars were found at the far south tip of the lake by the boat ramp by the marina about 12-feet down on Sept. 10, but authorities didn’t realize there were body’s in the cars until today.
Becky Jones posted on Facebook that Jimmy William’s aunt was married to her grandfather.
“Not only did she suffer her own loss of her nephew, but she watcher her sister suffer the loss of her son. Both passed away not knowing what happened to Jimmy.”
Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying who the other car may belong to that was found in the lake.