SOUTHERN UTAH – Two teens have been reported missing and may be connected to an allegedly stolen vehicle.
Ociea Granger, 15, of Toquerville, and Kade Shearer, 15, of La Verkin, were reported missing by relatives over the weekend.
Deb Shearer, Kade’s mother, told St. George News the teens left the Hurricane area between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. Saturday in a vehicle that was later reported stolen. That vehicle was subsequently abandoned in Sanpete County early Monday morning according to authorities.
Also on Monday morning, a blue 1996 Dodge Neon was reported stolen from the area in Sanpete County where the Hurricane vehicle was abandoned. Though there is speculation the teens may have taken the Neon, Sanpete County officials said there was no definitive proof they actually had.
“We’re really worried,” Deb Shearer said. “We just want them home.”
Detective Nate Abbott, of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, said sheriff’s deputies are keeping a lookout for the teens should they return to Washington County. There is particular worry because of their ages.
“Obviously their age is a concern to us,” Abbott said.
Ociea Grainger and Kade Shearer may be heading back to Washington County, or traveling north, and may be traveling in a blue 1996 Dodge Neon.
Anyone who has seen the teens or has any information is asked to call the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 435-634-5730, or Deb Shearer at 435-680-0397, or Shirlz McArthur at 435-216-6644.
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