Authorities Hope To ID Remains Found In NC Lake After 43 Years

CALDWELL COUNTY, N.C. (AP) – An autopsy may help write the final page of a 43-year-old mystery that began with the disappearance of a military retiree in western North Carolina.

The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office says the human remains found in a 1968 Pontiac recovered from a local lake could help solve the case of Amos Shook, who was reported missing on Feb. 19, 1972. Officials said the car model matches the car that belonged to Shook.

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Sheriff’s Lt. Aaron Barlowe said the remains found Tuesday are going to the state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for an autopsy and identification.

Barlowe said there were no initial signs of foul play.

The car and the remains were found in 30 feet of water in Lake Rhodiss, which is 75 miles northwest of Charlotte.

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