Missing NYC Teen Found Dead in Waterway
NEW YORK (AP) _ One of four teenage friends who disappeared in January after a frantic 911 call from a sinking row boat has been found dead in Long Island Sound, authorities said Saturday.
The body of Max Guarino, 17, was found Friday night in the water off City Island, where the boys were last seen. Tests were being conducted to determine the cause of death, medical examiner’s spokeswoman Ellen Borakove said.
Guarino and three friends disappeared Jan. 24 after taking a boat from City Island, part of the Bronx, and rowing out into the western end of Long Island Sound. Air temperatures were in the teens, and the water was about 33 degrees.
Police have said they believe the teens were trying to reach neighboring Hart Island, where about 800,000 bodies are buried in a potter’s field and abandoned missile silos dot the landscape.
The last words heard from the boys came in a 12-second 911 call from a cell phone, in which the caller said their boat was taking on water. It ended with, ``we’re gonna die.″
The response to that 911 call was heavily criticized. Authorities said the supervisor failed to notify a police harbor unit about the call, as is police procedure, and city’s emergency system doesn’t include tracing technology that could have pinpointed the caller’s location.
Relatives of the four boys have filed notices of claim against the city and the state, giving them up to a year to file lawsuits.
The other teens who were with Guarino are Charles Wertenbaker, 16; Andrew Melnikov, 16; and Henry Badillo, 17. Their capsized, 7-foot fiberglass skiff was recovered soon after they disappeared, but their bodies had not been found.