2 Bodies Recovered From L.A. River in Cypress Park Area Amid Search for 2 Missing Teens, Police Say

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Two male bodies were recovered Sunday from the Los Angeles River in the Cypress Park area, where a search for two missing teenage boys was being conducted, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Carlos Jovel, 16, left, and Gustavo Ramirez, 15, were reported missing on April 29, 2016, family members said. (Photos courtesy of Sandra Jovel)
Carlos Jovel, 16, left, and Gustavo Ramirez, 15, were reported missing on April 29, 2016, family members said. (Photos courtesy of Sandra Jovel)

Authorities did not immediately confirm the identities of the deceased individuals.

"This is a dangerous area. We tell people to stay away from moving water," LAPD Detective Meghan Aguilar said, noting that the bodies were found in a stretch of the river where the water was as much as 12 feet deep.

Police and firefighters had been scouring the river throughout the afternoon and into the evening, two days after the pair of teenagers were reported missing, the LAPD said.

About 11:30 a.m. Friday, a witness contacted the Police Department and reported seeing two people in the river near San Fernando Road and Macon Street, Officer Rosario Herrera of the agency's Media Relations Section said. The intersection is near Rio De Los Angeles State Park, just east of the river.

Ground and air units responded and conducted a thorough search of the area, but no one was found, according to Aguilar. Later that evening, two sets of parents went to the Police Department's Northeast station and reported their sons missing.


At the time, there was no indication that the missing-person reports were connected to the earlier report of the individuals in the water, Aguilar said. A possible connection was made Sunday morning, when investigators received additional information, the detective said.

Sandra Jovel said the missing boys were her brother, 16-year-old Carlos Jovel, and Gustavo Ramirez, 15.

Carlos was last seen wearing a gray Nike shirt, black Nike shorts and black wristwatch, according to his sister. Gustavo was wearing shorts and a black shirt bearing the words "Wolves Soccer." Both boys were said to have been wearing backpacks.

They had been out with friends, Sandra Jovel said. After the other members of the group returned home but Gustavo and Carlos did not, the two teenagers were reported missing.

They remained unaccounted for as of early Sunday evening.

News video showed police officers and Los Angeles Fire Department personnel at a command post along the river, where the LAPD said divers were in the water.


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