Authorities recovered a 1968 Pontiac on July 21st from a lake in North Carolina. The remains found inside the car may solve the 43-year-old case of the missing Air Force veteran.
According to Caldwell County investigators, the car model is a perfect match for the vehicle that Amos Shook, the missing veteran, was driving on February 19, 1972, the day that he went missing.
The rusty and muddy sedan was pulled out of the lake at the foothills of the North Carolina mountains, 75 miles NW of Charlotte. Aside from the remains, investigators also found a wallet inside the Pontiac. Alan Jones, Caldwell County Sheriff, reveals that the wallet (including several ID cards inside) is surprisingly well preserved. The evidence recovered thus far suggests that authorities have stumbled across the war veteran who’s been missing for over 43 years.
Authorities will now await a definitive report as the remains are being transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. After the autopsy is performed, medical examiners will also attempt to use dental records in order to obtain a positive ID. If this fails, there will be no other choice than to use DNA testing in order to confirm the driver’s identity.
Aaron Barlowe, Sheriff Lt., notes that circumstantial evidence is by no means definitive evidence and that the family will have to await official records with conclusive evidence. Curiously enough, the missing veteran’s daughter, Pamela Shook Kolbe, had been conducting a family genealogy project and had met with sheriff’s office detectives to discuss her father’s disappearance.
Apparently, the detective Pamela spoke to became interested in the case and decided to revisit the idea of searching the lake for Shook’s father. With the help of advanced sonar, dive teams managed to find Shook. Such technology wasn’t available at the time of the man’s disappearance. Multiple attempts at dragging the lake in search of the veteran failed back when he went missing.
Sheriff Alan Jones notes that this particular case is the oldest cold case that the sheriff’s department has worked.
Photo credits: Daily Mail
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