Boat Belonging to Missing Florida Teens Discovered 1,000 Miles Away Off Bermuda Coast
The boat belonging to two Florida teens who made headlines after they vanished during a fishing trip never to be seen again has been found.
The boat that carried Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos before they vanished last summer was lost at sea after it was spotted during an intense and widespread search for the Tequesta 14-year-olds that began last July.
The capsized boat that Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos left Jupiter, Florida in last July was found 1,000 miles awat near Bermuda (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission)
Now a Swedish vessel has found it capsized in a shipping lane off the coast of Bermuda, some 1,000 miles from where the boys shoved off in Jupiter on July 24, the Palm Beach Post reported Saturday.
There were reportedly still items aboard the boat, including Austin's iPhone.
“This is an open missing persons case, and we hope that FWC reopens their investigation and utilizes the expert resources of other government agencies as well as the private sector if necessary to extrapolate the data from the recovered IPhone,” Perry's parents Pamela Cohen and Nick Korniloffsaid in a statement Saturday morning.
The families hope there is information on the phone that could indicate where the boys found themselves and what happened leading up to their disappearance.
“We just want to know the answers,” Pamela Cohen said. “We just want to try to figure out what happened.”
Authorities said the boat would be brought back to South Florida by mid-May.
Government officials first found the boat two days after the boys disappeared. Days later, two life vests were discovered off the Georgia coast and some speculated they belonged to the boys.
For a week after the Coast Guard called off the search July 31, a privately funded mission to find the boys continued on.
The families called off that search, which was paid for in part by a GoFundMe campaign that raised over $400,000, on August 9.