Search for missing teenagers in Farmington River suspended – NBC Connecticut

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The search for two missing teenagers in the Farmington River was put on hold on Saturday after resuming earlier in the morning, according to the State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

DEEP said the search was suspended due to unsafe conditions on the water. This is the second time that the research has been suspended.

The search was also suspended on Friday afternoon due to conditions in the river, the National Environmental Police said.

They have been looking for Anthony Nagore, 17, and Lucas Brewer, 15, since they were reported missing on Thursday.


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Officials from the State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said the teens were due to return home at 5 p.m. Thursday and the family alerted authorities when they did not return.

Police said on Friday afternoon they were hopeful, but admitted the search was now considered a recovery mission.

The research was being conducted on the Farmington River in Avon, near the Canton Line.

Officials from the State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said the two teenagers were friends.

Keith Williams of DEEP EnCon Police said it was unfortunately a search and recovery mission.

He said there was no indication that the teens had personal flotation devices with them when they got out on the water and DEEP urges anyone who goes on a river to wear a life jacket.

Officials said on Friday morning that a resident saw the teens heading for the river around 1 p.m. Thursday and warned them of the dangers of the water.

DEEP officials have warned that water levels are very high on the river after a lot of rain and the currents are strong.

To help with the search, the crews contacted the Army Corps of Engineers to lower the water levels at Colebrook Reservoir and this process started at 8 a.m., but they can only lower it by 50% due to water still flowing after heavy rains recently. This hinders research efforts.

The water is also cold, according to DEEP.

Police will resume the search for two missing Plainville teenagers who were last seen swimming in the Farmington River, according to a silver alert released overnight.

The search began around 9 p.m. Thursday and the vehicle the teens were in was found on School Street in Avon, near the Farmington River.

DEEP said personal effects, including their cell phones, sneakers and clothing, were found on the banks of the river on DEEP’s property near a former pumping station.

The state police dive team was called in to assist on Friday morning. New Milford is providing helicopter support, and state and local police and fire teams are helping with the search.

EnCon’s K-9 unit is on the hunt and DEEP has also asked Farmington for State Police helicopter and drone support.

Avon Fire and Police and Plainville Police are also helping with the search.

Nagore has blond hair and blue eyes. He is around 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs around 150 pounds, police said.

Photo of missing teenager ANTHONY NAGORE


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Brewer has brown hair and is around 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs 170 pounds.

Police are looking for two missing Plainville teenagers who were last seen swimming in the Farmington River, according to a silver alert released overnight.

Steve LePage, superintendent of schools in Plainville, sent a message to the school community on Friday saying that one of the teenagers is from Plainville and is attending high school in Plainville. The other is not from Plainville, but was visiting family in town, he said.

LePage said the Cornerstone Counseling Center is available to support all staff, students and families and can be contacted at 860-863-1001.

He asked parents to watch their children and family members and call if anyone needed support.

“Please keep these two students and their families in your thoughts and prayers,” he wrote.

Rails to Trails is closed between Routes 4 and 179 due to research, according to the Burlington Fire Department.

Anyone with information on missing teenagers should call the Plainville Police Department at 860-747-1616.

Authorities are asking the general public not to respond to help with the research because they don’t want people to get hurt.





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