MOUNT OLIVE, NJ - The body of the second teenager missing has been recovered in Budd Lake this afternoon, at about 4:30 p.m., ending almost another full day of searching, commencing at 9 a.m.
Although authorities did not yet say if the remaining teen just found was Clyde Schimanski, age 15, Schimanski's parents were seen throughout the day on the property of the Budd Lake Chapel, which is located just across from the lake, and where recovery efforts took place.
Throughout the day today, the New Jersey State Police airboat continued to work its way through the icy waters of Budd Lake, searching for the body of the second missing teen, who slipped under the ice on Monday evening.
The boat appeared to be cut its way through the ice, stopping, then restarting, driving in a circular motion at many points within the early afternoon. The group on the boat focused on an area, then laid out buoys in which some loved ones of the missing boy reported as "hot spots." The Alternative Press watched the recovery efforts from behind police lines, as lines or ropes appeared to be tossed into the water, and, lights were passed around.
Corporal Eric Anthony, spokesman for the Mount Olive Police Department, said earlier today, "The biggest thing they're facing is the cold water. It's delaying the recovery effort."
When asked about the size of Budd Lake, Anthony estimated it to be approximately one and a half square miles, versus the township's 31 to 32 square miles.
He said the State Police used sonar equipment, which could reach up to 90 feet, yet had less accuracy with detection between 30 to 90 feet. In addition to the difficulties with the cold temperature, visibility was limited due to lack of sunlight, as well as an accumulation of silt. Anthony described visibility at zero percent, early this morning.
"The State Police is really running operations on the lake," Anthony told the press.
Of the recovery operations themselves, he said, "Everyday is a new challenge."
The New Jersey State Police Marine Services Bureau (MSB), and the Teams Unit, handled the recovery operations.
Funds have been set up for both of the boys by friends of their respective families. The fund for Schimanski, now has a message that, "the family has adequate funds raised to pay for funeral expenses."
has since been shut down for donations, and, if necessary, the family will start its own page. The total funds raised was $12,806.
A close friend of the family of Nick Cianciotto, age 15, the first boy recovered, helped to set up a fund at PNC Bank, located at 3 Naughright Road, Hackettstown, N.J., 07840, where checks can be dropped off, or mailed. The friend, who identified himself to the media as "Jim," also added earlier today, "I am not here to discuss what's going on with the family, they are in mourning."
He said the fund at PNC Bank, as well as another online fundraising effort (click here
to view) for Cianciotto, has also begun. For the online fund, $3,005 has currently been raised.
"Jim" also told the press there was a death at Budd Lake of a young person by drowning in 1976, as well as another drowning 50 years ago.
The Alternative Press asked Anthony earlier today, if any type of a warning system was in place at the lake, to alert residents of thin ice, or when it is safe to proceed for winter activities, and he replied, "No."
Acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp stated, “It is with great sadness that I announce the deaths of Nicholas Michael Cianciotto, III and Clyde Frederick Schimanski, III, both of whom were 15 years old. The young men were deeply loved by their families and friends. The entire Morris County community mourns their loss”.
A press conference is scheduled tomorrow, to release more details about the recovery efforts.
The Alternative Press will continue to update its readers with any newly released information about this incident.