Dad of missing teen fishermen recalls 'gut-wrenching' search

Father of Austin Stephanos, who, along with Perry Cohen, went missing at sea last July, goes 'On the Record' on what he believes authorities will find on his son's iPhone and why he believes there's foul play in the case


The father of one of two missing teenage fishermen detailed the "gut-wrenching" search for the boys during an interview with investigators from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen, both 14, disappeared during a storm off Jupiter, Florida, July 24. Their capsized 19-foot boat was found in the Bahamas by a Norwegian cargo ship and returned to South Florida May 16.

The Palm Beach Post ( ) reports that Blu Stephanos told investigators in September that his son Austin was allowed to go "a couple of miles offshore on a calm day." In the taped interview released by the agency, Stephanos recalled searching for the boys until dark.

Stephanos told investigators that Austin texted him at 11:24 a.m. that day, saying he was fishing.


Information from: The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post,