Mother of Perry Cohen, Jupiter missing teen, might drop suit over phone data

Mother of Perry Cohen, Jupiter missing teen, might drop suit over phone data

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. - The mother of Perry Cohen, a Jupiter teen who was lost at sea during a fishing trip with his friend Austin Stephanos last summer, may drop a lawsuit against the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and the parents of Austin Stephanos, according to her attorney.

She initially filed a complaint to stop FWC from giving Austin's phone back to Blu Stephanos and Carly Black. It also asks that the FWC be prevented from returning the shipping container with Austin's boat and other personal items to any private party.

The suit claims that on the day the boys went missing, Perry's phone was not working and he used Austin's phone to send messages to family and friends. The Cohens believe that the information on the phone must be collected by tech experts who have the expertise to extract it without destroying it.

If they do sign that consent form authorizing FWC to keep and have IT experts search the phone, then the Cohens will drop the suit.

Her attorney says it is his understanding that the phone is still in FWC custody.

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