Dive teams search Quemado Lake for 2 missing teens

Posted at: 07/01/2013 8:52 AM
Updated at: 07/01/2013 2:35 PM
By: Elizabeth Reed, KOB.com

Chopper 4 view of state police search teams looking for missing teens.
Chopper 4 view of state police search teams looking for missing teens.

New Mexico State Police have released the names of two teens missing from the Apache Deaf School and Youth Ranch.

Seth Stephenson, 16, of Chaparral, N.M. and Noah Hooper, 14, of Longmont, Colo. were brought to the camp to help out. They are not students at Apache Deaf School and they are not deaf.

Janice Lange, the camp owner's wife, said Stephenson had been at the camp in the past, but she was unsure about Hooper.

Both teens were bussed to the lake yesterday at 3 p.m. Both were island hopping and were last seen around 4:30 p.m. on the deep end of the lake.

Quemado Lake depth ranges from waist deep to 30 feet.

At 5 p.m., the students were supposed to return to the bus, but Stephenson and Hooper did not return.

State police dive teams have been searching Quemado Lake since 9 a.m. The rescue teams were dispatched after authorities found shoes along the side of the lake, according to Emmanuel Gutierrez of the state police.

Both teens' parents are also at the scene.

This is a developing story, stay tuned to KOB.com for updates.