The bodies of two missing teenagers who authorities believe went swimming in the swollen Farmington River were discovered on Monday, roughly a mile-and-a-half from where they were last seen.
Police said 15-year-old Lucas Brewer and 17-year-old Anthony Nagore went swimming shortly after 1 p.m. Thursday, July 15 in the river in Avon, despite a local resident’s warning to them about dangerous conditions. Authorities said they found one of the teens’ vehicles near the swimming site, as well as their cellphones and some of their clothing.
Brewer was a Plainville resident. Nagore was visiting family in town. Their families reported them missing around 5 p.m. on July 15 when they failed to return home. Search efforts began that evening.
Capt. Keith Williams of the state’s Environmental Conservation Police said first responders searching for the teens were “going on a hunch” and focused their search downstream, given the current high water levels caused by recent heavy rains. They discovered the bodies of Brewer and Nagore on Monday afternoon near the Farmington and Burlington town line.
Williams said the teens’ deaths should be a warning to others. “Please stay off the water,” he said during a briefing in Farmington.
“The river level is very dangerous,” Williams added. “It’s going to continue to rise throughout the next couple of days so conditions are going to get even worse.”
Dangerous conditions, including strong currents and high water levels, forced first responders to suspend their search on Saturday. Williams said the water level is about six or seven times higher than normal for this time of year.
In a message to the Plainville school community, superintendent Steven LePage stated, “First, my heart goes out to the families of Lucas Brewer and Anthony Nagore, and to all who are being deeply impacted by this tragedy. I understand this is an incredibly hard time for these families, and for so many others who are feeling the sadness of this tragedy on a number of different levels.”
LePage made residents aware that counseling and support services were available at the high school and remote support was being provided by Cornerstone Counseling Center.
“This is a very sad situation for so many, and we want to help provide whatever resources we can to help everyone cope with this tragic situation as best they can,” LePage said.
In a social media post, state Sen. Henri Martin stated, “I am saddened to learn the latest update about the two missing youths. My heart and prayer goes out to the families, peers and all those who knew and cared for Lucas Brewer and Anthony Nagore. Thank you to those who worked tirelessly to bring this case to a close. Plainville is a close community and will come together to support all those impacted by this terrible incident.”
According to Brewer’s obituary, a service of remembrance will be held Saturday, 10 a.m., at Plainville Funeral Home, 81 Broad St., followed by committal at Forestville Cemetery. Family and friends may gather Friday evening, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home.
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