- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 28, 2018

EUREKA, Utah (AP) - Two bodies found Wednesday in an abandoned Utah mine are believed to be those of a teenage couple who disappeared months ago under suspicious circumstances, police said.

The bodies were found on a ledge about 100 feet down a shaft in an area dotted with hundreds of mines near Eureka, about 75 miles (120 kilometers) south of Salt Lake City.

Police have not made any arrests in the case of Riley Powell, 18, and Breezy Otteson, 17, who reportedly went missing on Dec. 30 on their way home to Eureka.

Powell’s Jeep was found two weeks later, apparently dumped at a nearby reservoir with the tires slashed.

Investigators have searched a truck belonging to the boyfriend of Powell’s mother, according to search warrants. The truck had been seen towing the Jeep around the time the couple disappeared, investigators said in court documents.

The boyfriend could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

Police got information about two days ago that led them to the mine shaft, said Utah County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Spencer Cannon.

If the two bodies had tumbled to the bottom of the shaft thought to be nearly 2,000 feet deep, it would have been much more difficult if not impossible to recover them, Cannon said.

Medical examiners will determine the identities of the two bodies.


This story has been corrected to show the teens reportedly disappeared returning to Eureka, not leaving it.

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