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The Latest: State eyes closure of the mine where bodies found

SALT LAKE CITY – The Last two teens found dead in an abandoned Utah mine (all times are local):

3:05 pm

As the families of two slain teens call for the closure of the abandoned Utah mine shaft where the teenagers’ bodies were dumped, a spokeswoman for the state mining department, ” she says in the hope that it can be closed.

Hollie Brown, Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining said Friday she is concerned about curiosity seekers will be drawn to the area littered with hundreds of potentially dangerous abandoned mines.

She says the state could work with the landowner to close the mine where the missing teens were found.

The police says the couple was bound and stabbed to death after visiting a woman whose friend warns her not to male visitors.

The family members of the victims say abandoned mines are a serious problem in the vicinity of Eureka, a former silver mining hotspot, about 75 miles (120 kilometers) south of Salt Lake City.

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12:40 pm

The authorities say they have confirmed that two bodies found in an abandoned Utah mine, which a few teenagers who disappeared almost three months ago.

Utah County Sheriff’s officials say the state medical examiner officially confirmed on Friday were the two 18-year-old Riley Powell and the 17-year-old Brelynne “Airy” Otteson.

Police say they were stabbed to death and dumped in the mine at the end of December after a visit to a woman whose friend warns her not to male visitors.

Their bodies were found Wednesday near their hometown of Eureka, about 75 miles (120 kilometers) south of Salt Lake City.

Police arrested 41-year-old Jerrod W. Baum on suspicion of aggravated murder and other charges. His lawyer has not returned calls seeking comment.

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