Bodies of two missing teens found in the Farmington River; cause of death released


AVON, Conn. (WTNH) — Family members confirmed to News 8 on Monday, July 19 that the bodies of the two teens who went missing along the Farmington River have been found.

Family members said that the bodies of 15-year-old Lucas Brewer and 17-year-old Anthony Nagore were located.

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The teens have been missing since Thursday, July 15. The search effort was suspended over the weekend because the water level from the excessive rain was too high to conduct a safe search in the waters.

On Tuesday, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner confirmed that the cause of death for Brewer and Nagore was drowning and the manner of death for both was accidental.

Crews executed a land-based search along the Farmington River for the teens Monday.

Officials reported Monday evening the pair was located around 3:15 p.m. near the Burlington town line floating in the current about 1.5 miles from where they went missing. They were snagged on tree branches in the river about 30-40 yards apart which allowed recovery crews to more easily retrieve the bodies.

DEEP officials say the river water level this week is at six or seven times higher than it normally is this time of year. DEEP officials warn the public to stay off of swollen bodies of water at this time. The water level is expected to rise in the next few days.

WEB EXTRA: DEEP officials give an update on the recovery of Lucas and Anthony, whose bodies were found in the Farmington River Monday

Authorities believe the two teens went into the Farmington River up by the old pumping station in Avon sometime after 1 p.m. Thursday.

Searches for Nagore of Plainville and Brewer started Thursday evening and resumed Friday at the river along the Avon-Canton town line. More attempts to conduct searches were made Saturday and Sunday.

Army Corps of Engineers tried to reduce the amount of water coming from Colebrook Reservoir Friday, but only six inches of water in the Farmington River went down, which they said is not enough for safe search conditions.

DEEP EnCon said The Army Corps will be releasing water into the Farmington River Monday morning to try to reduce the strain on nearby dams and larger bodies of water to the North. DEEP is urging people who will be on the river to use extreme caution as they expect water levels to rise quickly.

“These rivers can be deceiving and appear to be calm while in reality having very strong undercurrents,” DEEP EnCon said.

One of the missing teens attends Plainville High School; The Plainville school superintendent said the Cornerstone Counseling Center is available to support staff, students and families during this time. In-person counseling and support will be available at the high school from noon to 4 p.m. Monday.

Anyone with information is asked to call Plainville Police.

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