EUREKA (News4Utah)- After months of searching, investigators believe the they have found the bodies of two missing teens in a remote area of Utah County. Officials have been looking for the teenagers in that area since Dec. 30.
Riley Powell, 18, and his girlfriend Breezy Otteson, 17, reportedly left Tooele on Dec. 30 headed for Eureka through Spanish Fork. They haven’t been heard from since.
Wednesday during a press conference officials announced two bodies had been discovered in the abandoned mine.
“It appears, preliminarily to be Riley Powell and Breezy Otteson,” they said. The bodies were discovered about 100 feet into the mine shaft, officials said.
Special fire rescue crews had to be used to retrieve the bodies in the mine shaft and investigators could tell they had been there for some time.
By the afternoon, the bodies had been transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office were they hope to determine an exact cause of death and positively identify the victims.
Although this area has been hit by months of rain and snow, investigators still hope to find clues.
“I’m not saying we will find critical evidence in this particular case and that might be on the surface that might be where their bodies were recovered or it might be somewhere in the mine shaft,” Sgt. Spencer Cannon with Utah County Sheriff’s Office.
The conditions in the mine shaft may have helped preserve evidence. Detectives still have the couple’s Jeep which was found about 20 miles from the mine.
In January, the Jeep they were believed to have been traveling in was found. Investigators say “foul play” is strongly suspected.
A search warrant executed at the home of a boyfriend of the woman who considers herself the mother of Powell revealed possible evidence.
Investigators learned a neighbor saw the woman’s boyfriend towing a vehicle that resembled Riley’s. DNA and blood of a dead person was also taken from the home, according to the search warrant.
Although no arrests have been made at this time, investigators say they have persons of interest.