PORT EVERGLADES, Fla. (AP) - The mother of a missing teen fisherman says the recovered boat her son took to sea should be examined as a possible crime scene.
Pamela Cohen issued a letter Monday asking the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conversation Commission to examine the vessel to see whether there is evidence that a crime led to the disappearance of her son, Perry Cohen, and his friend, Austin Stephanos. The commission investigates accidents and crimes on Florida water. It declined comment.
The boat arrived onboard a cargo ship Sunday at Port Everglades near Fort Lauderdale. It is scheduled to be unloaded Monday night. The boat was recovered in March by a Norwegian ship off Bermuda.
It was learned last week that Apple could not retrieve any data from an iPhone discovered in the wreckage. Austin's phone was found on board, and the families hoped it would provide clues to what happened.
Austin and Perry, both 14, disappeared last July after their 19-foot boat overturned during a storm off the coast of Jupiter, Florida. A massive sea and air search never found their bodies, but a Norwegian cargo ship picked up their boat near Bermuda in March.