Family of missing teen diver releases statement

Family of missing teen diver releases statement

JAMES ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - The family of a missing 18-year-old who disappeared during a dive with his father off Folly Beach over the weekend issued a statement Wednesday about the search.

Tristen Allen was diving with his father Saturday, the day his father said was their last day together before Allen was scheduled to go to The Citadel. Samuel Allen said his son went back under the water without a sound and appeared to be struggling to get his diving gear off. Allen said they dove for hours trying to find him.

The statement, issued Wednesday and signed by Samuel, Susan and Katherine Allen, reads:

It was with the heaviest possible hearts that the Allen family (Samuel, Susan and daughter Katherine) turned over the investigation and search for Tristen Allen, 18 years old (having just graduated from James Island High School and proudly on his way to The Citadel), solely to the public agencies to continue to look for their beloved son and brother.

On Sunday, the day after his son's disappearance, Allen told a group of Tristen's friends who had gathered at the James Island Charter High School football field, which he said was one of Tristen's favorite places to pray, and reflected on his son's life.

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