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Bodies found in cars that had been submerged for decades

The discovery could help solve two mysteries. Photo:

The skeletal remains of at least five people have been found at the bottom of a lake in Oklahoma, which could help solve two mysteries spanning back over 40 years.

Two cars were found in Foss Lake, near Elk City, a 1950s model car that had two bodies inside and a Camaro believed to be linked to three missing teenagers.

The remains have been linked to two separate cold cases.

Jimmy Williams, 16, Leah Johnson, 18, and Thomas Rios, 18, were reported missing on November 20, 1970, and were last seen driving around Sayre - near Foss Lake - in a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro.

The other car is believed to have belonged to two people from the town of Canute, who went missing in the early 1960s.

Three teenagers went missing in 1970.

Authorities have not formally identified the bodies.

The discovery of the two cars in the 1,628 feet-deep lake was made by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol during a training session with a new sonar device.

The cars were discovered thanks to a new sonar device.

Custer County sheriff Bruce Peoples told KWEY radio: "It's just been under water for 40 years, it's a mucky mess."

He added:

We believe that this very well could be them but nothing will be final until reports come back from the state's medical examiner's office.

Authorities want to speak to anyone who may have more information about the cases.