WARREN - The owner of the SUV involved in the deadly crash that killed six city teens reported on Monday that someone took the vehicle from the parking lot at North Feederle Drive S.E., where his sister lives.
Marquis Stephenson, 33, of 585 E. Avondale, Youngstown, filed a theft report with the Warren Police Department around noon, almost 30 hours after the SUV veered off the left side of the road, struck a guardrail and rolled over onto its roof into a nearby pond, according to the Ohio State Patrol.
Stephenson claimed the vehicle was taken by an unknown person, or persons, without consent.
Two of the eight teens in the vehicle escaped. They were treated at nearby hospitals and released on Sunday, OSP reported.
Autopsies performed Monday showed three of the victims drowned. Autopsies on the remaining three are scheduled today.
OSP Lt. Brian Holt, commander of the Warren Post, said Stephenson told investigators on Sunday that the teens were not authorized to use the vehicle.
Attempts by a Tribune Chronicle reporter to reach Stephenson on Monday and earlier today were not successful. The voice mail message on a phone number listed for him on the police report indicated that he "cannot receive messages at this time."