TOOELE, Utah (AP) — Sheriff’s deputies say they fear two Utah teenagers who’ve been missing for two weeks may have been the victims of foul play.
The Juab County sheriff’s office said in a statement Tuesday deputies are continuing a missing persons’ investigation but have suspended a search and rescue effort that began Jan. 2 for 18-year-old Riley Powell and 17-year-old Breezy Otteson of Eureka.
Sheriff Douglas Anderson says the circumstances surrounding the recent recovery of Powell’s Jeep Cherokee near the Cherry Creek Reservoir about 80 miles (129 kilometers) southwest of Provo were “highly suspicious.”
The sheriff says the condition of the vehicle and its general placement led investigators to believe it had been dropped off there intentionally by someone other than the teens. He says “foul play is strongly suggested.”
Authorities in Sanpete, Tooele and Utah counties continue to assist in the investigation.