Trawl the bottom of any inland body of water and you're likely to find all manner of junk and detritus, the value or intrigue of which might be quite low. And yet, some stuff found in lakes sparks perplexing mysteries, or provides fuel for terrifying nightmares.
Whether discovered by divers or having re-emerged due to a drained lake, several compelling and horrific items have come to the surface over the decades. Here are some of the oddest, most mysterious things found at the bottom of lakes, and the sometimes creepy stories behind them.
On December 11, 2012, investigators discovered the remains of Tom Sublett, the commissioner of Glynn County, GA, at the bottom of a nearby lake. Of course, numerous bodies turn up in and around lakes all the time. What makes this particular case intriguing is that Sublett's hands were bound together and there was a bullet cavity in his head. Police found an empty holster in his car and ammunition, but the weapon never turned up.
Foul play, right? Not according to a Glynn County medical examiner, who determined Sublett had taken his own life.
That's right. Despite leaving no note and displaying no unusual behavior, despite having no financial issues or problems with drugs and/or alcohol, and despite the fact the man's hands were bound together and no weapon was found in the area, authorities determined that Sublett had done himself in.
Smacks a bit of cover-up, doesn't it?
There's much speculation about the history of an object discovered deep at the bottom of the Baltic Sea between Sweden and Finland in 2012. It is roughly 200 feet in length and circular, but this is about the extent of researchers' knowledge. Whether it was man-made or a naturally-occurring phenomenon, no one can definitively say.
Some, of course, speculate the object is an alien spacecraft. This does seem to be the most probable answer, since it is clearly the Millennium Falcon.
In September 2013, two cars were discovered at the bottom of Foss Lake, near Elk City, OK, bringing to an end two decades-old disappearances. The first car, a 1969 Camaro, contained the remains of three individuals, believed to be a trio of teenagers who went missing on November 20, 1970.
The second vehicle, a 1950s-era Chevy, contained three more skeletons, one of which is believed to be Alvi Porter, who went missing the late 1950s or 1960s. Police do not suspect foul play in either case, but the proximity of the disappearances, and the fact the vehicles were found nearly side-by-side, makes for an eyebrow-raising coincidence.