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GARVIN COUNTY, Okla.-- On Thursday, detectives recovered a car from a pond suspected to have ties to a murder mystery.

Jimmy Don Robinson was just 21 when he vanished on October 1, 1976.

40 years later, his family is hoping for some sort of closure.

The Army veteran was last seen leaving his parent’s home in Elmore City.

He told his family he was dropping someone off and would be right back, but he never returned.

No trace of him or his car was ever found.

“Everybody was kind of hushed hushed at that time and nobody would talk about it," George Brister, a family friend, said.

After the Garvin County Sheriff’s Office reopened the case in 2010, new information finally came to light.

“The major rumors over the years is that he is in a pond in the missing vehicle,” Undersheriff Jim Mullett said.

Last year, investigators were led to a pond in the Table Top Mountains.

They searched for hours, but found nothing.

Then, the investigation took them to a pond northeast of Elmore City.

On Thursday, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol dove in.

Anticipation grew as the wrecker slowly pulled a car to surface.

“Emotional. We were on pins and needles there for a minute,” Mullett said.

What appeared was a charred Pontiac Firebird.

“It was a little disappointing when it came up,” Mullett said.

It was not the car they were looking for, instead, a new unsolved mystery.

So far, investigators know it was stolen from the Oklahoma City area around 1987.

While they search for answers in the new case, those close to Jimmy Don will keep working to bring him home.

"We want to close this case for the family members," Mullett said.

"It will bother me from now on until they find him," Brister said.

In Jimmy Don’s case, detectives are looking for a 1974 dark green and white Toyota Celica.

As for the car pulled from the pond, the Garvin County Sheriff’s Office is working with OCPD to find its owner.