Rebecca Webster/ Recorder News Staff
TOWN OF FLORIDA – New York State Police and Amsterdam Police Department have confirmed that the two bodies found in a field in the Town of Florida Thursday are indeed the bodies of the two young men who went missing last week.
Jonathan DeJesus, 13, and Paul Damphier, 16, went missing last week in the City of Amsterdam and their families reported their disappearance to Amsterdam police the next day.
Their bodies were found in a field on Thursday. Police said Friday that the two boys had been shot in their torsos with a long-arm rifle, what police believe to be the murder weapon, along with ammunition were recovered at the scene.
Late Thursday evening, two teens were taken into custody, charged with the second-degree murders of the missing boys, police said at a press conference today at the Troop G Headquarters in Loudonville.
Anthony E. Brasmiester, 16, of Amsterdam, and a 15-year-old from Florida were arrested and charged.
The 15-year-old is being treated as a juvenile offender.
Brasmiester and the 15-year-old were arraigned in the Town of Florida and Brasmiester was taken to Montgomery County Jail with no bail, while the 15-year-old was taken to the Capital District Juvenile Secure Facility in Albany.
DeJesus and Damphier disappeared for eleven days after their parents reported them missing July 9, until police received a call Thursday morning that two bodies had been found in a field off of Snooks Corners Road.
Investigations ensued throughout the remainder of the day Thursday as investigators and forensic units treated the scene as a suspicious crime.
The families of DeJesus and Damphier were notified that is was their children late Thursday night.
Police have not released a motive for the alleged killings, but are actively continuing the investigation.
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