Forty-two years under water left investigators with some unusual challenges.
According to forensic pathologist and former Minnehaha County Coroner, Dr. Brad Randall, the natural scene could prove to be either a help or a hindrance in the final testing of the evidence found.
Randall says if the vehicle was deeply embedded in mud and silt, it would help preserve the items found in the Studebaker. But water and bacteria in the creek probably caused the evidence to deteriorate.
As a result, Randall says partial skeletal remains would be all that's left of any bodies that were in the car.
While skeletal remains have been recovered from the vehicle, officials will wait for autopsy results and notify family before details will be released.