Two Teens Found Dead After East Bay Rafting Trip

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Two teens were reported missing after a rafting trip down Walnut Creek during Saturday's storm. (CBS)

Two teens were reported missing after a rafting trip down Walnut Creek during Saturday’s storm. (CBS)

CONCORD (BCN) — The bodies of two teenage boys were found in a waterway in Concord Sunday after they went missing on a Saturday afternoon rafting trip, according to a Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

Matthew Miller, 16, and Gavin Powell, 17, told their families they were going on rafting in a nearby aqueduct or creek at about 2 p.m. Saturday, Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Jimmy Lee said.


KCBS’ Bob Butler Reports:


The boys, who were both from Walnut Creek, called a friend to meet them at a specific location, and two hours later, the boys hadn’t arrived, Lee said.

The boys were reported missing by their families, who contacted the sheriff’s office and the Walnut Creek Police Department just after midnight.

Both boys were found in the Walnut Creek waterway, which is located in the city of Concord, Lee said.

Miller’s body was found at 11:30 a.m. between state Highway 4 and Imhoff Drive and Powell was found near Stanwell Drive, Lee said.

No information was immediately available about how they died.

“There were no personal flotation devices, but they did have helmets,” Lee said.

(© 2011 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Bay City News contributed to this report.)

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