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9 Boys Still Missing From Youth Camp, Despite Earlier Claims: Cops

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HILLSBORO, N.M. — HILLSBORO, N.M. (AP) — State police say they're still searching for nine teenagers reported missing from a ranch for troubled youth in New Mexico.

That's despite an earlier statement from an attorney for the Tierra Blanca High Country Youth Program that the nine boys are safe and being returned to their parents.

State police say they executed a search warrant at the ranch early Friday as part of an investigation of abuse.

But they say the teens between the ages of 13 and 17 were not at the compound and neither was program operator Scott Chandler.

As of Friday night, police say they haven't been able to confirm a location of the safety of the boys and Chandler is considered a person of interest in the case.

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