ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - State police are scouring the area in and around Quemado Lake after two teenage boys went missing there Sunday, both are feared to be in the water.
Dive teams arrived early Monday morning, but there is still no sign of them.
It has been nearly 20 hours since 14-year-old Noah Hooper of Longmont, Colorado and 16-year-old Seth Stephenson of Chaparral went missing near the waters edge here at Quemada Lake.
The entire area is now on alert.
New Mexico state police say the two boys went missing around 9 o'clock Sunday night.
The first dive team arrived at around 2 o'clock Monday morning.
Hooper and Stephenson were helping with summer programs at the nearby Apache Creek Deaf School and Youth Ranch.
The group was bussed to Quemado Lake at 3 o'clock Sunday afternoon.
They were last seen in a deeper part of the lake, about 12-15 feet deep, hopping from island to island.
NMSP is focusing their efforts in that area, looking for any sign of the teenagers.
"Anytime evidence is around water, we search the whole body, if we come up with something, it can help bring closure to the family," Sgt. Jeff Burke said.
Local, state and federal agencies are all taking part in the search. Aside from the lake, teams are also searching the nearby woods, hoping the two teens may have gone off in search of a road.
Both boys' families are at a nearby campsite.
State police say they will keep looking until they find the missing teens.
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