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Amber Alert canceled for boys from youth camp

Published: Monday, Oct. 14, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

HILLSBORO, N.M. – An Amber Alert was canceled Sunday for five teenage boys who authorities reported missing from a rural New Mexico ranch for troubled youth along with others before the weekend, officials said.

The boys – ages 13-17 – all were physically accounted for Sunday, New Mexico State Police said in a release Sunday evening. Four other teenage boys who also were part of the group already were found safe, and they with their parents Saturday.

Henry Varela, a spokesman for the State Children, Youth and Families Department, said authorities couldn’t consider the boys safe until they saw them.

“The key fact of it all is being able to physically confirm the whereabouts of the kids,” he said Saturday.

Meanwhile, attorney Pete Domenici Jr. for the Tierra Blanca High Country Youth Program near Hillsboro said that all the boys were safely with their parents.

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