Search underway for 2 teenagers in Natural Bridge area

Search for missing teens

NATURAL BRIDGE, N.Y. (WWNY) - The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in finding two teenagers in the Natural Bridge - Carthage area.

Officials say 17 year old Jacob House of Natural Bridge and 14 year old Bree Shultz of Cape Vincent were last seen around 6:30 AM Tuesday on Lewisburg Road in Natural Bridge.

“We’re currently attempting to locate who we consider to be an endangered teenager, Bree Shultz,” said Detective Ben Timerman of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

Officials say it appears Shultz left willingly but may be in danger.

A New York alert for Shultz was issued shortly before 8 PM Tuesday.

“Their disappearance does appear to be intentional. We are speculating they are still in the Natural Bridge, Carthage, Harrisville area. However, as you know, there are a lot of places, a lot of camps, ATV trails out this way. And they were last seen leaving on an ATV in the rain, not dressed for conditions," said Timerman.

“Obviously, this is a heavily wooded area. It’s more remote. We’ve gotten a lot of local input on where they might be or where they might be going. And we’re hoping that if any other locals spot them, to please let us know.”

Detective Timerman says the Natural Bridge Volunteer Fire Department is being used as a command center for the search.

The Natural Bridge Fire Department because the operations center in the search for two missing teens.
The Natural Bridge Fire Department because the operations center in the search for two missing teens. (Source: WWNY)

State forest rangers, state police, Carthage police, and members of the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office are aiding the search.

The search ended Tuesday night at 10 PM and will resume Wednesday morning at 8.

The ATV the two were on is an olive green 2000 Honda with New York registration 93-JA56.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office at (315) 786-2601 or 911.

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