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Bodies of 2 boaters recovered; 2 still missing

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The Coast Guard suspended the active search late Thursday night for two boaters who are still missing in Lake Erie.

Two women were found dead in the water Thursday. Two men who were with them have still not been found. 

The two women have been identified as Amy Santus, 33, from Perrysburg, and 16-year-old Paige Widmer.

The group was on a fishing boat that never returned to shore Wednesday night.

After daylight Thursday, rescuers found the group's 21-foot bass boat partially submerged five miles off shore in a well-known fishing spot called Toussaint Reef.

The group is believed to have been made up of experienced boaters. The sheriff says the two women who were recovered were both found wearing life vests.

The sheriff says it's unclear at this point when the boat started to submerge. He says the group sent pictures back to family members of them fishing. Those family members then called for help after they lost communication.

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