DANE COUNTY (WKOW) -- Dane County officials say dive teams found a second body in Lake Kegonsa as they were searching for a missing teenager.
Officials say two 16-year-old girls disappeared late Thursday afternoon. Since Thursday evening, authorities had been searching LaFollette County Park and surrounding waters for Emma Maurer, of Stoughton, and Sydnie Kwiatkowski, of Footville.
"It's just kind of odd how you can take a final exam with somebody one day and then the next day, they're not there anymore," said classmate Cole Spangler, who left flowers next to the lake with friends Friday afternoon.
One body was recovered from the lake around noon Friday. It was found in the water near where the girls' personal items were left on shore. Deputies found the second body in the same location just after 4 p.m. Friday.
Officials have not yet identified either of the bodies.
Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney says so far, the investigation points to accidental drownings. Medical tests will have to determine if alcohol or any other substances factored into this incident.
DANE COUNTY (WKOW) -- Officials say they have recovered the body of one of the missing teen girls from the lake.
Elise Schaffer, PIO for the Dane County Sheriff's Office, confirmed to 27 News that the body of one of the missing teenagers was found in Lake Kegonsa Friday around noon.
Sixteen-year-olds, Emma Maurer, of Stoughton, and Sydnie Kwiatkowski, of Footville, were last seen swimming in the lake by a fisherman around 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
Authorities say the body was found near the area where the girls' personal items were left on shore.
Officials have not yet identified the body.
Stay with www.wkow.com for more developments in this case.
DANE COUNTY (WKOW) -- Authorities continue to search for two teenage girls on Friday, after they went missing the day before.
Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney spoke to the media Friday morning from Lake Kegonsa beach in LaFollette County Park.
Mahoney says two 16-year-old girls, Emma Maurer, of Stoughton, and Sydnie Kwiatkowski, of Footville, were last seen swimming in the lake by a fisherman around 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
The girls, along with three other friends, arrived at the park around 2:00 p.m. Thursday afternoon. Officials say the other friends left Maurer and Kwiatkowski at the beach, and when they returned a short time later, the girls were not there. However, the girls' personal items, including cell phones, purses, and shoes, were still on the beach.
Dane County authorities say they were called just before 8:00 p.m. Thursday evening about the missing girls. Officials searched until 4:00 a.m. Friday morning, and started searching again around 8:00.
Authorities are using sonar equipment in the lake and the adjacent river and dam. Mahoney says as their relates to the lake, "they are in recovery mode." However, Mahoney also said crews are still searching the trails around the park because they have not ruled out that the girls are lost.
If you know where the missing teens might be, you're asked to call 911 or the Dane County Sheriff's Office tipster hotline at 608-284-6900.
MADISON (WKOW) -- Police search for two teenagers who went missing late Thursday afternoon.
Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney has scheduled a press conference regarding the missing teens for 9:00 a.m. Friday in the town of Pleasant Springs.
The Dane County Sheriff's Office says the two girls had been with friends on a Lake Kegonsa beach in LaFollette County Park on Thursday. Their friends left the area for a short time and when they went back, the two girls were gone. Their personal items were still on the beach. Family members called 911 after searching and not finding the girls.
Dane County deputies, including members of the Marine and Trail Enforcement Team, the Dive Team, and detectives checked Lake Kegonsa Thursday evening for any signs of the two teenagers. They are continuing their search Friday morning, but need the public's help.
The girls are identified as 16-year-old Emma Maurer, of Stoughton, and 16-year-old Sydnie Kwiatkowski, of Footville. If you know where they might be, call the 911 Communications Center or the Dane County Sheriff's Office tipster hotline at 608-284-6900.
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