FEARRINGTON, N.C. (WNCN) — Crews of divers, investigators and boats returned to the waters of Jordan Lake Wednesday morning to continue the search for a male juvenile that went missing Tuesday evening.
On Wednesday, the boy’s family identified him as 15-year-old Roberto Enrique DeLeto.
Crews arrived at the Farrington Point boat ramp as early as 6 a.m. Wednesday and search efforts have continued into Wednesday evening.
The boat ramp has become a gathering place for family and friends of DeLeto while divers continue to search several hundred yards off the shoreline. Drones are also being used to look for any signs of the missing teen.
Sheriff Mike Roberson said DeLeto went missing around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday after he and another person were out on the water on two personal water crafts. According to Roberson, one of those water crafts broke down due to mechanical problems.
When the other person returned with a rope to pull the other vehicle to shore, DeLeto was gone, according to the sheriff’s office.
Search crews found the personal water craft Tuesday night, but Roberson said that it may not be where DeLeto went missing because of high winds.
On Wednesday, family members and their pastor joined together.
“It’s been a difficult situation,” family pastor Ricardo Correa said. “The search part is the one that is difficult for the family to bear. There is an uncertainty that gives them hope.”
The pastor said the family is holding out for a miracle.
According to Correa, the family also said he is a skilled swimmer and “knew what he was doing” with the watercraft and how to handle a situation like this.
That’s why Correa said there is a “trust that we have that something positive will turn out.”
While the family is not speaking out at this time, the pastor said they are surrounded by family, friends and community members who have formed a support group around them.
“This is a difficult time for the family, especially not knowing what happened,” said Roberson. “We have multiple resources working on this and we’re doing everything we can to locate the missing teenager and provide his family with answers.”
Members of N.C. Wildlife Resources, N.C. Highway Patrol, North Chatham Fire Department, Moncure Fire Department and FirstHealth EMS are assisting in the search.
Chatham County authorities have suspended their searching Wednesday but said they will be back early Thursday morning.
Kayla Morton contributed to this story.