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Judge orders father of missing teen to release text messages

A Palm Beach County judge ordered the release of cell phone messages Thursday from Blu Stephanos, the father of a missing teenager.(WPEC)

A Palm Beach County judge ordered the release of cell phone messages Thursday from Blu Stephanos, the father of Austin Stephanos, one of two teenagers who vanished last summer while setting out on a fishing trip.

Pamela Cohen, the mother of second missing teen Perry Cohen, is currently suing Austin’s family for wrongful death.

Cohen's attorneys requested access Thursday to all text messages sent by Stephanos on the day he discovered the two boys were missing.

“We’re going to be entitled to GPS information,” explained Cohen’s attorney Guy Rubin, “which will show where Mr. Stephanos was during the course of his own search and rescue before 911 was called.”

Cohen's attorney says there was a gap of time from around noon on July 24th, 2015 until about midnight, where Stephanos did not alert authorities to help find the teens.

“In those first hours every moment is crucial and unfortunately, hours were wasted," Rubin says.

Stephanos’ attorney objected, but the judge said those phone records and messages will now be available.

Once the requested information is sent to attorneys, they’ll determine if the case will go to trial.


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