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Nate Phillips

APTOS -- Search and rescue divers searched around Seacliff State Beach on Wednesday morning as a part of a tip they received in the search for missing 17-year-old Aptos teen, Nathan Phillips.

The blanket search of the area was called off Saturday but Santa Cruz County sheriff's deputies are still following up on leads and tips, deputy Ryan Kennedy said.

"The blanket search of just going in an area and looking through a 15- to 20-mile area, that we finished," he said. "But we're doing spot searches. We've been doing that."

Wednesday's search focused around the pier and cement ship area of the beach, which was previously searched. They were looking for clothes, a backpack, a phone or any other item that may have belonged to Phillips.

"They'd been in that area before and they'd receive more information that he had a connection out of the area and were searching the water for anything related to him," Kennedy said.

Three State Parks vehicles were parked on the beach as two boats and a stand-up paddleboarder searched the area. Divers from the underwater search unit from the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office search the area around the cement ship and the pier, which was closed as part of the search.

After more than two hours, nothing related to Phillips was found and the search was concluded.

Phillips was last seen Dec. 2 leaving his family's home in Aptos, saying he was "going on an adventure." His family reported him missing Dec. 3. State Parks rangers found the teen's white Trek road bike Tuesday morning near Seacliff State Beach.

The area was scoured by multiple agencies and included a helicopter, boat and more than a dozen members of the Santa Cruz County's search and rescue team.

Phillip's 21-year-old sister, Bek Phillips, declined to comment about Wednesday's search efforts at Seacliff.

Investigators will continue to follow up on leads, Kennedy said.

"I think you just have to take it case by case so you don't make any assumptions and incorrectly analyze the situation," he said.

There have been five blanket and pinpoint searches throughout the Aptos and Capitola areas since Phillips was reported missing.

Phillips is 5 feet 7 inches tall and 124 pounds. He has blond hair and blue eyes.

The Sheriff's Office asks anyone with information to call dispatch at 831-471-1121.

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