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Search for 2 teens missing in river suspended overnight

July 16, 2021 GMT

AVON, Conn. (AP) — Rescue crews on Friday afternoon suspended a second day of searching for two missing teenagers who were believed to have gone swimming in the Farmington River in the Avon area. The effort, now focused on recovery, is expected to resume Saturday morning.

Police said 17-year-old Anthony Nagore and 15-year-old Lucas Brewer went swimming shortly after 1 p.m. Thursday at a spot on the river in Avon frequented by young people. Authorities said they found one of the teens’ vehicles near the swimming site, as well as their cellphones and some of their clothing along the river bank.

Their families reported them missing around 5 p.m. Thursday when they failed to return home, Capt. Keith Williams of state environmental conservation police said at a news conference Friday.

Crews searched Thursday night and returned Friday morning. Efforts were suspended Friday afternoon as the water speed of the river increased, officials said.

The search has turned from a rescue mission to a search-and-recovery effort, Williams said.

The Farmington River, and others rivers and streams in the region, are swollen and fast-moving because of recent heavy rains. Williams said the Army Corps of Engineers reduced flow from a nearby dam Friday morning to help the search efforts.

“It’s stressful. It’s very sad,” Williams said. “But we’re doing what we can. We’re doing our best. All of the agencies that are involved here are doing what they can to find these two individuals and bring closure to the family.”

Brewer is from Plainville, and Nagore is visiting family in Plainville, said Steven LePage, superintendent of Plainville schools.

Avon police said a local resident had warned the two teens about dangerous conditions in the river before they went swimming.

Several agencies searched for the teens near the Avon-Canton line including state police, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and first responders from Avon and Burlington. The crews included divers and police dog teams. Authorities also have used a helicopter, drone and sonar.