Photos Of Missing Teens' Boat Hints At 'Foul Play'

| by Brendan Kelly
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Nine months after two Florida teens went missing following a day out fishing, the boat they were on has been found near Bermuda and the discovery has revealed some shocking information.

Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos, both 14, were last seen on July 24, 2015, when they went fishing on a 19-foot SeaCraft boat near Jupiter Inlet in Florida, according to the Independent Journal.

In April 2016, the boat the teens were on was found roughly 100 miles off the coast of Bermuda by a Norwegian supply vessel. Austin's iPhone, fishing rods and tackle boxes were still on board.

Perry's family's attorney, Guy Rubin, says new photos taken of the boat reveal some "disturbing" information.

"What we knew before the boat was recovered was very little," Rubin told WPBF. "From the photos we have now, we now know the boat was disabled before the storm hit."

Rubin added that the boat could have been disabled intentionally.

"The battery switch, which is very difficult to get to, was in the off position. That can't be maneuvered by the passage of time, the current and other events," he said. "The key in the ignition was in the off position. We want forensic experts in accident reconstruction to look at the boat and tell us what happened. I’m not trying to be an alarmist, but I’m also trying to take it from a scientific approach."

The parents of the teens are hopeful the information on Austin's iPhone can be accessed, although Perry's parents have filed a lawsuit against Austin's father, who did not give the Florida Fish  and Wildlife Conservation Commission consent to search the phone's data.

Perry's mother, Pamela Cohen, reportedly said she would be willing to drop the lawsuit if Austin's father, Blu, signs a consent form for FWC.

Sources: Independent JournalWPBF / Photo credit: Independent Journal

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