Teen Boys Found Dead at Scenic Cliffs

UK police don't know what happened
By Linda Hervieux,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 27, 2017 9:54 AM CDT
Teen Boys Found Dead at Scenic Cliffs
The bodies were found at the base of Huntcliff, one of the highest on England's east coast.   (Getty Images/PaulRookes)

Two teenage best friends are dead, leaving a community in northern England long on sadness but short on answers. Police found the bodies of Harry Watson and Alex Yeoman, both 17, just before 7pm Friday evening at the base of scenic cliffs, the Telegraph reports. Cleveland police said they were alerted to the presence of a body at Huntcliff, which towers 365 feet above England's eastern coast and is known as a habitat for seabirds, per the Guardian. Police believe the boys had been near a sculpture known as the Circle that sits atop Huntcliff and depicts scenes of local life but are unclear as to how the two ended up at the bottom. Police said via Facebook they were not treating the deaths as suspicious but asked anyone who may have been near the Circle that night to contact them.

Tributes poured in on social media for the boys, who were "best mates," according to
Alex's sister, Samantha Walker. "It is with great sadness and sorrow that last night our precious 17 year old son Harry Watson has passed away," mother Tanya Watson wrote on Facebook. She added, "Please understand at this difficult time we don't have many answers but Harry is one of the gifts in life always there for everyone and anyone." A friend of Harry's called him "one of a kind, with a beautiful smile that lit up a room and a huge heart." (This woman took a fatal fall from a cliff on her first day in California.)

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