LONGMONT, Colo. — The New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator has confirmed that two bodies, including a missing 15-year-old from Longmont, have been recovered from a lake in New Mexico.
The Longmont Times-Call reported that Noah Hooper and his friend Seth Stephenson, 16, of Chaparral, N.M., were recovered from Quemado Lake on Wednesday after the two were reported missing Sunday afternoon. Quemado, N.M., is approximately 150 miles southwest of Albuquerque.
Noah’s parents traveled to New Mexico on Monday. Noah was a student at Alexander Dawson School in Lafayette, according to the paper.
The teens were at the Apache Creek Deaf and Youth Ranch helping with summer programs. They were reportedly bused to the lake on Sunday, and were last seen island hopping in shallow water, according to Sgt. Emmanuel Gutierrez with the New Mexico State Police. The teens were last seen at about 4:30 p.m. at the deep end of the lake Sunday.
Search teams combed the area around the lake, and a New Mexico State Police dive team used sonar to skim the lake, which is 16-feet deep in some parts.
The lake was closed while investigators continued to search for the missing teens.
State police deferred official identifications of the boys to the medical investigator’s office because of the condition of their bodies after they were recovered from the west end of the lake where the water was reportedly 14 feet deep, according to police.