April 29, 2013 - 10:19 AM
The search for two missing Langley teens presumed drowned in Nicola Lake has come to a close.
"At this time, the dive team has finished," said Merritt RCMP Const. Tracy Dunsmore. "We're not continuing the search in the lake."
The 17 and 18-year-olds were reported missing about a week ago by family members awaiting them.
Shoreline searches were conducted and a specialized dive team searched the lake for about four days.
RCMP recovered several of the boys' personal belongings including a hat, headlamp and shoe.
New information received by police paints a new picture of what may have happened to them at the lake before they went missing.
Dunsmore said someone who believed to have seen them on Sunday was mistaken, nullifying the idea that they were out canoeing Sunday before being reported missing that night. Text messages RCMP were notified about corroborate a different idea.
"It looks like they had gone out Saturday night," Dunsmore said. "It makes more sense."
At this point, RCMP are saying the boys have presumably drowned in the lake, but air searches of the lake will continue periodically.
"It's still an open investigation with RCMP as missing persons," Dunsmore said.
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