Two bodies found in Foss Lake positively identified
UPDATE 8/8 10:16 a.m.: The Oklahoma State Medical Examiner’s Office says it has positively identified two of the bodies discovered in Foss Lake.
On Friday, the medical examiner’s office says it identified one of the victims as 42-year-old Cleburn Hammack, who was formerly reported as Clayburn Hammock.
His body was discovered inside the Chevy sedan found in Foss Lake.
Authorities also identified another body as 16-year-old Jimmy Allen Williams, whose remains were found inside the Camaro.
Earlier in the week, authorities announced the victims all likely died from drowning.
The manner of death has been ruled accidental.
At this time, officials say they are still waiting for positive DNA identifications on the four other bodies.
ELK CITY, Okla. – The Oklahoma State Medical Examiner’s Office has released its findings about six bodies discovered in Foss Lake.
Last year, the remains of six people were discovered in Foss Lake.
In September, officials were testing new sonar equipment when they discovered a 1969 Camaro and a 1950’s Chevy.
After the discovery, authorities began speculating about the victims found in the vehicles.
The Camaro may have belonged to Jimmy Allen Williams, who was last seen with Thomas Rios and Leah Johnson.
The teens disappeared in 1970 and have not been heard from since.
The Chevy may have belonged to Alvie Porter, who was last seen with Nora Duncan and Clayburn Hammock.
On Tuesday, the medical examiner’s office released the postmortem examination of the remains in the Chevy.
The report says investigators found several small items from the victims, including a bra strap, thigh-high panty hose, a purse and several articles of clothing inside one of the vehicles.
“Based on the lack of trauma to the remains, the minimal amount of damage to the vehicle containing the remains and the location the vehicle was recovered (submerged within Foss Lake), the most probable cause of death is drowning. At this time, the manner of death appears to be accidental,” the report said.
Family reference sample DNA has been collected from all of the presumed families and it has been sent to a DNA reference laboratory.
At this time, the report does not include positive identification of the victims.
The medical examiner says it could take years to positively identify the victims.