Missing Caldwell Co. man found dead after 43 years

Car found in lake solves missing persons case

LENOIR, N.C. -- A 43-year old mystery has been solved after divers found the body of Amos Shook in his car at the bottom of Lake Rhodhiss in Caldwell County.

Divers using advanced sonar technology were able to locate Shook's 1968 Pontiac Catalina in about 30 feet of water on Tuesday.

When the car was finally pulled up from the water, human remains were found inside, along with an ID, that led them to determine it was Shook who had gone missing in February of 1972.

"We found a wallet and some ID cards were in it. It amazed us how preserved that stuff was," said Caldwell County Sheriff Alan Jones.

The State Bureau of Investigations and the North Catawba Fire and Rescue Department helped in the search and recovery of the car.

Investigators have no idea how Shook's car came to be in the lake and they say the area around what is now a boat launch looks very different from what it looked like in 1972.

There were no signs of foul play.

The Sheriff said Shook's daughter had come to the office asking if detectives could look again at the case of her missing father, but there were no old files.

"Records for that far back, there is not a lot that was left because I know we looked for it," Jones said.

At the lake on Tuesday, William Yoder said the discovery surprised him since he swims in the lake two or three times a week.

"I'm swimming towards the bottom and I never saw a car or anything," Yoder said.

Sheriff Jones was 7-years-old back in 1972 when Shook went missing and said he is just glad to finally bring some closure to the family.

"Forty-three years-- that's a long time for somebody to be missing and for a family to wonder where they are at," he said.


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