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Missing teen brothers found safe after taking out canoe in St. Mary's County, police say

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office said 13-year-old Jesse Oleg Clark and his 15-year-old brother, Josiah Vladimir Clark, were found Tuesday afternoon.

ST. MARY'S COUNTY, Md. — Update:

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office said 13-year-old Jesse Oleg Clark and his 15-year-old brother, Josiah Vladimir Clark, were found Tuesday after they went missing Monday. 

"The missing juveniles, Josiah Clark and Jesse Clark have been located safe and unharmed. Thank you to all the volunteers and everyone who assisted in the search," said the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office in a tweet.

The Sheriff's Office said they hope to release more details later about where the brothers were found and what they were doing.

Original Story:

The search is on for two teenage brothers last seen Sunday night.

In a video shared by TheBayNet.com, their father, Stephen Clark, said, “9:30 p.m. Sunday night was the last time I seen my two boys, I walked by their bedroom. I was heading into my bedroom to go to bed."

Clark said when he woke up Monday morning after 6 a.m., he noticed two of his seven children, 13-year-old Jesse Oleg Clark and his 15-year-old brother, Josiah Vladimir Clark were missing, and he didn't find a note saying why they had gone. He also noticed that a canoe, paddles, and life jackets were missing.

Nearby neighbors, like Howard Freeman, said Clark stopped by to ask if he had seen the two of them on the Harry James Creek, which both of their houses border on Harry James Road. Freeman said he had not.

Officers with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police (NRP) first learned of the missing boys on Monday afternoon at about 2 p.m., according to the department's Public Information Officer, Lauren Moses.

“Just a big hole in your heart," said Freeman. "And it's just I mean, what's the worst thing that could happen? You know, here it is.”

Jesse is described by police as a 5-foot-2 white male weighing 130 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. Josiah is described as a 5-foot-7 white male, approximately 135 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

You can see a picture of them below.

The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office said they're conducting an extensive search by air, foot, and water in coordination with other agencies, including Civil Air Patrol, U.S. Coast Guard, Department of National Resources, Calvert County Search and Rescue, Calvert County Sheriff’s Office and numerous volunteer fire and EMS services. 

The command post is set up at Ridge Volunteer Fire Department, according to the Sheriff's Office spokesperson.

In a release, the Sheriff's Office said neighbors in Ridge may see volunteers paired with officers on their property searching for the missing persons. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone who locates property possibly connected to the missing persons to call 911 so a latitude and longitude can be obtained.

The principal for Great Mills High School confirmed that the oldest brother, Josiah Clark, attends ninth grade there. He said they are holding out hope that the brothers will be found safe.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office at (301) 475-8008. Anyone who locates property possibly connected to this case is asked to contact 911.

Citizens may remain anonymous and contact Crime Solvers at (301) 475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637). Through the Crime Solvers Program, tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary’s County that leads to an arrest or indictment.

The search for the boys continues Tuesday and the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office at 301-475-8008. 

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