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Petty Officer Mark Barney told USA TODAY: "The Gulf Stream is a pretty powerful current," Barney said. "But we have quite a few people searching, and we hope we can pull this off."
At 9:49 a.m. on the morning of July 24, 2015, Perry sent a text message to his mother, Pamela Cohen.
"Mom, it's Perry. My iPad is dead... I'll text you in a little. Love you."
"OK. I wanted you to sleep home tonight," Pamela responded a minute later. "I miss you. We leave Sunday morning for New York. What about your work?"
Presumably referring to homework, Perry answered back, "I've been doing it but I was going to sleep at..."
This mid-sentence end to communication between a mother and her son is an eerie reflection of two young lives cut short and two families forever broken.
Tess Koman , Cosmopolitan:
As the boat was being packed up to be sent back to Florida, WPBF reports investigators noticed the boat's battery had been switched off. "We do know for sure that boat was disabled intentionally because the battery switch, which is very difficult to get to, was in the off position. That can't be maneuvered by the passage of time, the current, and other events," the Cohen's lawyer Guy Rubin told WPBF. "If the storm came and capsized the boat, the battery switch and the key would not be in those positions." While it's possible the boys turned the battery off to conserve battery if they knew they were in trouble with the storm, it's also possible someone tampered with the boat before they left.
NBC News reports. PEOPLE:
With the boat's discovery, Austin's iPhone was found. Perry's parents are now suing Austin's parents for refusing to give the phone (which was heavily damaged by saltwater) over to third-party investigators to see if they can uncover any more information from their sons' last interactions. Perry's phone was broken when the boys' left, so they agreed to share use of Austin's phone while on the boat, Perry's mother argues, and because of that, the phone is half hers. She believes she will "continue to suffer irreparable harm if the iPhone is not properly handled as material evidence in a possible maritime crime or homicide."
"Maybe the most logical explanation is the storm, but maybe they were abducted. Or maybe there was foul play because they had thousands of dollars' worth of reels," Rubin continued. "But if they were disabled right off the Jupiter Inlet, why wouldn't some other boater have stopped and helped? And we don't even know if a third person was on that boat."