Oklahoma medical examiner's office uses DNA to identify all 6 remains found in submerged cars

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OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Medical Examiner's Office says it has identified all six sets of remains that were in two cars found submerged in a western Oklahoma lake last year.

The office said in a news release Wednesday that DNA tests were used to identify the remains.

The bodies recovered from a 1952 Chevrolet were identified as 69-year-old John Alva Porter of Elk City; 42-year-old Cleburn Hammack of Sayre, and 58-year-old Nora Marie Duncan of Canute. The three disappeared in 1969.

The bodies found inside a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro were identified as 16-year-old Jimmy Allen Williams and 18-year-olds Leah Gail Johnson and Thomas Michael Rios, all of Sayre. The teens disappeared in 1970.

The cause and manner of deaths were determined to be probable accidental drowning.

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