BELLEFONTAINE NEIGHBORS, MO - Two teens drowned Friday morning just after 11 a.m. in Maline Creek off Bellefontaine Road and St. Cyr Road in North St. Louis County. The drownings were preceded by a call for the theft of a pick-up truck at a convenience store in Glasgow Village.
According to Colonel Jeremy Ihler, the Chief of Police for Bellefontaine Neighbors, 3 suspects stole the pick-up truck and the owner of the vehicle jumped into another vehicle and chased the suspects. He caught up with the suspects at St. Cyr Road and Bellefontaine Road. Police arriving on the scene captured one suspect, while observing the 2 other teens jumping into Maline Creek.
The officers on scene searched for the suspects but did not see them resurface.
EMS and a St. Louis Fire Department Marine Unit was dispatched the scene to search for the teens. Around 2:15 p.m. first responders recovered the bodies of the teens.
The incident is under investigation by the Bellefontaine Police Department.