Bodies of Missing Teens Recovered In L.A. River

By City News Service

The coroner’s office confirmed Monday morning two bodies recovered from the Los Angeles River near Cypress Park were those of the teenage boys who went missing in the area.
The victims were confirmed to be Carlos Jovel, 16, and Gustavo Ramirez, 15, said coroner’s Lt. Larry Dietz. Autopsies were pending.

Both of the victims were students at the Sotomayor Learning Academy, located near the river where the bodies were found.

The teenagers went missing on Friday and crews were searching in the area of Division Street and San Fernando Road. The two teens were in a group of four people. One fell into the water and another went in after him, according to news reports.

An initial search of the river Saturday was unsuccessful.

Erik Scott of the Los Angeles Fire Department said firefighters were summoned about 12:40 p.m. Sunday to assist Los Angeles police in the 1900 block
of San Fernando Road. Los Angeles police tweeted about 8:20 p.m. that divers had recovered two bodies.

Family members initially were unaware the boys had gone in the water, according to news reports.

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