Volunteers plunge thousands of feet into mine shafts looking for missing Tooele teens
(KUTV) – Volunteers continue to search for Breezy Otteson, 18, and Riley Powell, 18, in mine shafts located in Juab County near Eureka. The two teens have been missing since Dec. 30, 2017, where their last known whereabouts was of them traveling together in a Jeep from Tooele to Eureka.
An affidavit and subsequent search warrant show police recovered a number of items from Powell’s mother including drug paraphernalia, two letters addressed to her, a receipt dated Dec. 28, 2017, from a store in Eureka, and a camouflage tie-down strap. The case is still under investigation.
“Our lives have changed. The search (is) pretty much what we do. We ask for help and they just keep coming,” said Bill Powell, Riley's father in an interview with 2News.
Volunteers have been lowering themselves 1,100 to 1,200 feet into mineshafts to try to locate the bodies of teens who are believed to be dead. Several of the shafts connect to a series of other mines that are filled with trash and debris making the search difficult.
“It’s hard. It’s dangerous to get down to the bottom of these shafts,” said volunteer Jeremy Maclee.
Jesse Anthony Sanchez, one of the volunteers who has been looking for the young couple for several weeks, said it is sad that they haven’t been found yet.
“I’m Riley’s dad. I don’t care about anything else,” Bill Powell said. “I just want the kids found.”
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