Monday, June 13, 2011
Shawnee County sheriff's deputies, along with the Shawnee Heights Fire Department diving team, pulled a car out of the lake with human remains inside. Deputies said the car's Wisconsin license plate had a 1984 sticker, a clue authorities say leads them to believe the car has been submerged since the 1980s.
Authorities uncovered the mid-70s, two-door, Oldsmobile 98, Saturday afternoon near the Lake Shawnee Yacht Club. That's when they found the bones of one body inside.
Officials say they discovered this, and one other car, in the lake during a sonar sweep last August. But they waited to recover it because deep silting told them the cars had been there for years so they knew it was not an immediate rescue situation.
Now, the coroner's office is reconstructing the body and investigators are working with Wisconsin authorities to tie the discovery to someone who may have gone missing from Wisconsin in the early 1980s. Authorities are working with the dive team to determine if and when they can recover the second car.
Saturday, June 11, 2011
The Shawnee Heights Fire Department diving team was at Lake Shawnee in Topeka Saturday afternoon pulling out a car which had human remains inside.
The car was found near the Lake Shawnee Yacht Club on the southwest side around 9 a.m. Saturday and pulled out of the lake around 1 p.m.
Officials verified one set of human remains around 7:30 Saturday evening, and are working to access other parts of the car. The vehicle was submerged in mud in the lake.
Investigators said the car appeared to have been submerged for quite some time. The car was found with sonar equipment which was being used during a routine sweep, authorities said.