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article imageFour Missing Teens Found Dead

By Debra Myers     Oct 2, 2007 in Crime
In a search that started Saturday for four young people that had not returned home Friday night ended yesterday afternoon after an intensive search by authorities and citizens. The vehicle that they were last seen in was found beneath a bridge.
Jasper, NY - The story begins at a party Friday night, where Jered Fry, 15, David Cady, 17, Tiara O'Dell, 17 and Joey Lubberts, 21, were until about 2 a.m. Saturday morning. They were later seen at 3 a.m. in Canisteo, a nearby small town, at the Acorn Market. Friends say that the four were supposed to return to the party but never did.
The authorities were finally notified about 4 p.m. Saturday that these young people were missing. More than 240 people were involved in the search, as well as the New York State Trouper helicopter. The search was concentrated in the area between Jasper and Canisteo because of a signal from one of the victim's cell phones. "Many...walked and drove along the many paved and dirt roads that honeycomb the hilly, rural area."
Sunday afternoon the search was called off as there had been no visible leads and the authorities thought that they would check these young people's cell phone records and see if they could find a lead there.
Late yesterday afternoon, the call came in that the vehicle had been found. A passing motorist had spotted the 2000 Chevrolet Metro upside down in a creek. The motorist flagged down a passing school bus, and the bus driver alerted the school bus dispatch office who in turn contacted authorities.
Sadly, all four young people were deceased by the time rescue personnel arrived.
There is now signs that the car hit a bridge abutment, went airborne and then landed in the creek. Despite all the rain we've had lately, the creek didn't have a lot of water in it. It's not been determined who was driving at the time of the accident.
Fry was on the soccer and wrestling teams and O'Dell was on the girls soccer team and was a cheerleader. Cady was described as a hard-working kid who often assisted his dad in construction. Lubberts was at J-T graduate who played on the soccer and wrestling teams.
This is a tragic story, and yet shows how small towns in America still do band together in times of crisis. They are places where everyone knows everyone else, and they protect and care for their own.
"I want to say how well the community responded with search efforts, supporting everyone and helping out every way they could," Superintendent Chad Groff said. "The area fire companies did an awesome job. State troopers did a wonderful job doing the investigation as well."
Groff said that there would be grief counselors available for the students, and that “If kids want to just stick around and stay for a while, talk and cry together that's absolutely fine,” Groff said.
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