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A Joplin woman may soon know what happened to her mother more than 40 years ago.
JOPLIN, MO.--- A Joplin woman may soon know what happened to her mother more than 40 years ago. Clara Jo Irick was notified by authorities, her mother Nora Duncan maybe one of 6 people found in Foss Lake near Elk City earlier this week. Irick was just 39 years old when her mom went missing in 1969 from Canute, Oklahoma. Her family says she may have been with two other people at the time of her disappearance. 

Yesterday, authorities found two cars and six bodies in Foss Lake while testing sonar equipment. Officials say Duncan may have been in a 50's model Chevy, found in the lake. Irick says her uncle always believed Duncan was somehow in the lake. Last year, Irick turned over some of her mother's DNA to an anthropologist, so if remains were ever found, they could be identified. Even though it could still be weeks before Irick finds out if one of the remains is her mother, she says it brings her peace getting this mystery possibly solved.

"It will bring closure to me, for 40 some odd years I wondered what happened to her and I hoped with in my lifetime I would find out," said Clara Jo Irick, Victim's Daughter.

Irick says while her mother's disappearance and this case has been an ordeal for her, she is glad to see some progress in the investigation. She hopes to bring her mother's remains home and get a tombstone, so she has a place to mourn.


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