Longmont teen believed drowned in NM lake

Noah Hooper, second teen disappeared Sunday

QUEMADO, N.M. - A Longmont teen is believed to be one of two drowning victims at a southern New Mexico lake.

Two  bodies were recovered from Quemado Lake at mid-afternoon Wednesday and are undergoing examination by the office of the New Mexico medical examiner, the Silver City Sun-News reported.  The bodies were found on the third day of an intensive search of the lake after two summer camp helpers were reported missing.

Noah Hooper, 14, of Longmont, Colo. And Seth Stephenson of Chaparral, N.M. were last seen Sunday "island hopping" in the lake.

The two had been helping with summer programs at the Apache Deaf School and Youth Ranch, according to ABC affiliate KRQE in Albuquerque

Quemado Lake is located on the northern part of the Gila National Forest and south of the community of Quemado.


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