Search continues for 2 teens missing after leaving for drive to Eureka

Brelynne Otteson (left) and Riley Powell. Photo Courtesy: Amanda J. Hunt, Facebook

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TOOELE, Utah, Jan. 7, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — The search is continuing for two teenagers who went missing after leaving Tooele to drive to Eureka on Dec. 30.

Authorities say Brelynne Otteson, 17, who goes by Breezy, and Riley Powell, 18, left Tooele after visiting family, and were planning to stop in Spanish Fork, then drive back to Eureka, where they live with family members of Powell.

Family members reported the two missing to the Juab and Tooele County Sheriff’s Offices Tuesday after they did not make it to Spanish Fork. Search and rescue teams have been deployed and the Air Response Foundation, based in Herriman, is also searching for the pair with airplanes.

Otteson’s aunt, Amanda Hunt has set up a Facebook page called “Searching for Breezy and Riley,” to post the latest information on the search.

Hunt posted late Saturday evening: “Another day has passed without any answers or leads as to where these teens went.

“We had numerous people out searching on their own today. Thank you. Please continue praying for their safe return.”

The Air Response Foundation posted on its Facebook page Friday: “Long day. Covered hundreds of square miles and over 30 hours flight time between five all volunteer pilots on a search today. Wish we had news.

“There was also a veritable army of searchers on the ground. People still love other people in this world.”

Hunt added the family is offering a $1,200 reward for information provided that results in the recovery of the dark blue 1999 Jeep Cherokee Sport the two were travelling in, which has license plate number 674 VWV.

Powell is known to enjoy off-roading in the Jeep and authorities believe the couple may have gone onto a dirt road and become stuck.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Juab County Sheriff’s Office or the Tooele County Sheriff’s Office.

Gephardt Daily will have more on this developing story as information becomes available.

Brelynne Otteson (right) and Riley Powell. Photo Courtesy: Amanda J. Hunt, Facebook


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