Police & Fire

Authorities Continue Search For Second Teen In Budd Lake

Candles still burn from yesterday evening, at the site of the memorial set up for a pair of Mount Olive teenagers. Credits: Jennifer Jean Miller
New Jersey State Police Airboat search for the remaining teen in Budd Lake. Credits: Jennifer Jean Miller

MOUNT OLIVE, NJ - The engine revved up at about 9 a.m. today for the State Police airboat in Mount Olive's Budd Lake, as authorities search for the second teenager who disappeared under the lake's frigid waters on Monday evening.

"The biggest challenge is the cold weather," said Mount Olive Township Police Corporal Eric Anthony, the department's spokesperson.
He said the New Jersey State Police Marine Services Bureau (MSB), and the Teams Unit, are the ones initiating the recovery operations. Anthony said the State Police has the task of breaking through the ice, and, is starting today's search where the first body was located yesterday.
When asked about the lake's depth, he replied it is six to 10 feet. Anthony was not certain, however, the thickness of the ice. He did state rains this past season have created an overabundance of silt. 

"There is about zero visibility," Anthony reiterated.
Anthony said an official release will come from the Morris County Prosecutor's Office, as to the names of the victims, which has not been done yet.
However, family members and friends of both of the teens, have openly identified them to the media as Clyde Schimanski, age 15, and Nick Cionciotto, age 14. Last night, a group of teenagers set up a memorial on the front lawn of the Budd Lake Chapel. A memorial Facebook Page has been created for both victims. Click here to view. Yesterday evening, the page had only 24 fans, and has now climbed to almost 2,200.
A family friend of Schimanski's, Kim Maleyonok, set up a fundraising page to assist his family, since they do not have the financial means to afford him a burial. The page, which set a fundraising goal of $50,000, now has raised in excess of $9,000, since the page's inception. 
Authorities have not said who was found during recovery efforts on Tuesday, though the buzz among locals during the afternoon was Cionciotto.
The statement on the fundraising page for Schimanski also states, "Although Clyde's body has not yet been recovered, we are hopeful that when the recovery efforts resume in the morning (1/9/13) that he will be found."
At the scene yesterday, many media outlets gathered, whereas today, it has trickled down to a few remaining, waiting for word on the outcome of today's operations. 
"We are asking for the family's privacy to be respected," said Anthony, of the second family, who is still awaiting news.
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