Search for missing teenagers called off Saturday due to conditions on Farmington River

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The search for two missing teenagers, presumed drowned in the Farmington River, resumed Saturday at 8 a.m., but was suspended four hours later due to continuing dangerous water conditions.

“It is now being considered a recovery effort at this point,” said Meghan Bard, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

Teams hindered by the high water and strong current caused by the recent rainfall, suspended their search at 3:30 p.m. Friday, and were hoping adjustments at the Colebrook Dam would reduce the Farmington’s flow. But despite those efforts, the water continued to be too high and too rapid Saturday.

“The water is too high and moving too fast to do much in the way of searching,” Bard said.

The forecast of severe thunderstorms, which tore through the area later Saturday, added to the danger for searchers. The search will continue Sunday morning — if conditions allow.

Lucas Brewer, 15, a student at Plainville High, and Anthony Nagore, 17, who was visiting family in Plainville, have been missing since Thursday, when they are believed to have gone for a swim in the river on the Avon side at about 1 p.m. A nearby resident reportedly warned the boys that the water was dangerous due to the recent heavy rainfall, but they continued toward the river. Searches began Thursday night by water, land and sky, with state troopers in boats using sonar, and a helicopter and drone flying overhead. Police dogs were used along the riverbank.

Their car was found on School Street in Avon, near the river. Their personal belongings, including their cellphones, sneakers and other clothing, were found near an old pump house along the river, according to the DEEP.

The search has covered roughly a 3-mile stretch of the river between Avon and Burlington. There is no way of knowing how far they may have been carried away by the fast-moving currents.

Plainville schools superintendent Steve LePage, in a message to students, staff and families, said the Cornerstone Counseling Center is available for support at 860-863-1001.

.Dom Amore can be reached at damore@courant.com.

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