Cops now say missing Utah teens’ disappearance is 'highly suspicious'

Cops now say missing Utah teens’ disappearance is “highly suspicious.” (File photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) – Investigators now suspect foul play in the disappearance of two teens in Juab County earlier this month.

In a statement released Tuesday morning, the Juab County Sheriff’s Office said investigators now believe someone else dropped off Riley Powell’s Jeep near Cherry Creek Reservoir before it was discovered last week.

Powell, 18, and his girlfriend Breezy Otteson,17, were last seen when they left Tooele, Utah, and were planning to visit family in Utah County and then head home to Eureka in Juab County.

The teens have not been seen or heard from since Dec. 30, 2017.

In Tuesday’s announcement, cops said they suspect foul play.

“The circumstances surrounding the recovery of the vehicle, its condition and general placement of the vehicle is determined to be highly suspicious. These factors, in addition to other investigative leads and pieces of evidence, have led investigators to believe the Jeep was dropped off there by intention and not by the two missing individuals, and foul play is strongly suggested,” the statement from the sheriff’s office said.

Search teams found Powell’s Jeep after nearly a week of intense searching in remote parts of Juab County and Tooele County.

Family of the teens knew the pair liked to go off-roading and may have become stranded on a trail.

The search and rescue efforts have now been suspended and investigators continue to work leads pertaining to the teens’ disappearance.

This is a developing story, 2News will update it as information becomes available.

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