There's nothing more frustrating for police than a case that's gone cold. But the shocking discovery of two cars submerged in an Oklahoma lake has blown wide open not one but two cold cases, one dating back all the way to the 1950s! Police say both cars pulled from Foss Lake contained human skeletal remains, and they're working to identify six bodies, including three teenagers rumored to be kids who have been missing since the '70s.
They're kids who left one day and never came home. And now, finally, their parents may have some answers.
Police say they've identified one of the cars, a 1969 Chevy Camaro, as the one that belonged to 16-year-old Jimmy Allen Williams, who was last seen driving in Sayre with two friends, 18-year-old Thomas Rios and 18-year-old Leah Johnson. The cops have not officially identified the teenagers as three of the six bodies as relatives still need to be reached. Nor have they identified the three adults from the other car, although they're thought to be a 69-year-old man and his two friends who went missing in the state in the late 1950s or early 1960s.
But as more answers come out of Foss Lake and cops reopen these cold cases, there's a clear message to families across the country, families whose mysteries have never been answered: don't give up hope.
Yes, these people are all dead. Tragically. Sadly.
It's far from a perfect or even happy ending. But there is certainly something to be said for the power of closure, for peace.
These children's parents let them go out for a car ride and never saw them again. Now, finally, they know what happened to their kids. It's been 40 years, but it's never too late for that.
Do you have experience with a cold case? What happened?
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