Longmont teen reported missing near lake in New Mexico

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SILVER CITY, New Mexico — Authorities are looking for a teen from Longmont that was reported missing near Quemado Lake in New Mexico Sunday night.

The Silver City Sun-News reported that Seth Stephenson 16, of Chaparral, N.M., and Noah Hooper, 15, from Longmont were at a ranch in the area helping with summer programs.

The two 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, the paper reported.

Search teams are combing the area around the lake, and a New Mexico State Police dive team has been using sonar to skim the lake, which is 16-feet deep in some parts.

The lake has been closed while investigators continue to search for the missing teens.

Quemado Lake is on the northern part of the Gila National Forest.

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