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MAN'S BODY RECOVERED FROM RIVER

Divers on Monday recovered the body of a 19-year-old Portville man missing since the car he was in crashed into the Allegany River on Dec. 12 in the Town of Allegany. An Olean woman also died in the crash and her daughter was injured.

Police at first did not know there was a third person in the car that went out of control on West River Road and plunged into the river.

The body of Jonathan Teuscher was discovered about 3:30 p.m. Monday about a mile downstream from the crash scene. The body was in about two feet of water 10 feet from shore, according to State Police Sgt. Stephen Mandiak of the Olean barracks.

Michelle Ellis, 45, of Olean, died about two hours after the 9 p.m. crash. Anna Ellis, 22, her daughter and Teuscher's girlfriend, suffered a broken ankle, leg and arm in the crash. She has since been released from the hospital, Mandiak said.

Rescue personnel were initially told by Anna Ellis that only she and her mother were in the car, "and we had no reason to believe there was another victim, Mandiak said.

But then Teuscher didn't show up for work the next day and witnesses reported seeing the three of them together in a Salamanca bowling alley prior to the crash. A search was initiated on Dec. 13.

Mandiak said Ellis "now says she doesn't recall telling us there were only two people in the car. The case is under investigation.

The car was registered to the Teuscher family, but police are not sure who was driving, he said.

The car failed to negotiate a curve and struck a utility pole and then a tree, spun and went down a 10-foot embankment into the river, troopers said.

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