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Police comb Elkton, Md. for pair of teens who vanished

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ELKTON, Md. (WJLA) – Multiple police agencies spent hours combing the Hollingsworth area of Elkton on Friday for two missing teens who disappeared under suspicious circumstances.

Ricardo Levenberry. (WJLA)
Jesse Veasey. (WJLA)

The teens disappeared nearly 18 hours apart, but were both last seen getting into vehicles with very similar descriptions. Police wouldn’t say exactly why they’re calling the teens’ disappearances suspicious.

Early Friday morning, officers raided a home in Elkton before beginning an extensive search in a nearby wooded area, with a Maryland State Police chopper in the air, search dogs on the ground, and Department of Natural Resources police officers in the water.

Jesse Veasey, 16, disappeared Monday night, while 19-year-old Ricardo Levenberry vanished Tuesday morning. Their family and friends fear Friday’s massive search is a bad sign.

“Ricky has two kids and he has a family. That’s all he cares about,” said Levenberry’s girlfriend, Destiny Ortiz. “I just want him to come home. He doesn’t deserve this.”

Both teens were last seen getting into a dark blue vehicle, with a heavyset white man and white woman. Investigators believe the two know each other, and that the two cases could be connected.

“We still have no concrete evidence to determine that anything illegal happened,” said Elkton Police Lieutenant Joseph Zurolo, noting that the case is “very odd and unusual.”

The Elkton community worries that with each passing day, hope of finding Jesse and Ricardo fades.

ABC 7 News learned Friday night that police interviewed the man and woman in the car the teens were last seen getting into; they are not in custody. So far, no charges have been filed and no suspects have been named in the case.

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