Parents of teen missing in San Jacinto River claim authorities left them in dark

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by Drew Karedes / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on May 29, 2014 at 10:13 PM

CONROE, Texas -- The parents of an 18-year-old boy who went missing in the San Jacinto River on Wednesday night feel that authorities have left them in the dark.

Jared Brimhall went swimming with his 19-year-old girlfriend around 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday. He went under the water and didn’t come back up.

Recent heavy rain is making conditions on the river more dangerous than usual.

“I hope he’s really strong and can hold on,” said father Kevin Sheridan.

Brimhall’s parents claim they were not notified until more than three hours after their son went missing.

The teen’s father insists that authorities knew the identity of his son from the get-go.

“After they quit search and rescue, because my son is just a speck of dirt, they decided to come by my house and tell us that my son was missing,” explained Sheridan. “They knew who my son was. The girlfriend told them who my son was. I know she did. She also told them who his parents were.”

Brimhall’s girlfriend told KHOU she is not commenting until the investigation is over.

The 18-year-old’s dad says he wishes he knew right away so he could search for himself.

A group of family members and friends began searching the river as soon as they received the gut wrenching news.

“They are still out there looking for my son, and they refuse to give up because they do not believe he is gone,” cried mother Jennifer Brimhall. “If they have just told us sooner, we could have got people to help and given him that extra chance.”

Crews called off their search on Thursday night and will be back out with helicopters on Friday morning.

Montgomery County Sherriff’s Office says it has done and is doing all it can.

A spokesman says the amount of the debris floating in the river has made it difficult to search. He said sonar equipment they would normally use won’t work because of the debris, washed up in the recent rainstorm.

Brimhall is set to graduate from Conroe High School this Saturday.

Family and friends held a vigil outside the school on Thursday night and prayed during the uncertainty.

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