HILLSBORO, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say the search for nine teenagers reported missing from a New Mexico ranch for troubled youth will continue Saturday despite claims from the facility's attorney that the boys were being returned to their parents.
State Police spokesman Sgt. Emmanuel Gutierrez says until they can "visually confirm the children are safe" the search will continue and the Amber Alert issued for the teens will stand.
A search warrant was executed Friday at the Tierra Blanca High Country Youth Program as part of an investigation of abuse. The teens weren't at the 30,000-acre compound in Sierra County and neither was program operator Scott Chandler, a person of interest in the case.
The Albuquerque Journal reported authorities investigated claims about beatings at the unlicensed program. Chandler denied the teenagers have been harmed.