In 2013, six skeletons were found in two different cars pulled from a lake in Oklahoma. Eventually it was determined the cars were from two different missing persons cases. The first car was linked to the disappearance of three adults in 1969 (ages 69, 58 and 42) . The occupants were last seen after asking for a “push” to get the car started. The second car was associated to three high school friends who disappeared without a trace in 1970. The driver was sixteen years old and his two friends were eighteen.
Oklahoma law enforcement accidentally found these vehicles as they were testing new sonar equipment. The cars were found in twelve feet of water. So one has to wonder: How many other cars with skeletons and decomposing bodies are at the bottom of lakes across North America?
This is a legitimate (if grim) question. In Canada, 977 adults and 151 children are listed on the National Centre for Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains web site. These numbers are likely lower than the actual numbers of missing persons across Canada. First, the web site is only a year or two old. Second, the NCMPUR database relies (as it must) on submissions from investigating police agencies, coroners and medical examiners. No submission, no listing in the database.