Human remains found in car that went missing 43 years ago

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Investigators following up on leads going back 43 years have found human remains in a 1968 Pontiac recovered from a lake in North Carolina.

Sheriff’s investigators told local media outlets on Wednesday the car model matches the car belonging to a person reported missing on Feb. 19, 1972.

Sheriff’s Lt. Aaron Barlowe said the remains will be transferred to the N.C. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for an autopsy and identification. He said there were no signs of foul play so far.

Barlowe said investigators and a dive team used advanced sonar to find the car in 30 feet of water.

The missing person’s identity hasn’t been released.

Lake Rhodhiss, where the car and remains were found, is approximately 75 miles northwest of Charlotte.

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