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AMBER Alerts issued for nine children missing from New Mexico youth ranch

Scott Chandler is currently sought as a person of interest in the disappearance of nine children from a youth ranch in New Mexico.
Scott Chandler is currently sought as a person of interest in the disappearance of nine children from a youth ranch in New Mexico.
Photo/National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

An unprecedented nine-victim AMBER Alert remained active Saturday in Sierra County, New Mexico after authorities were unable to locate a group of children Friday allegedly living at a youth camp.

Sixteen-year-old Peter Adams, 17 year-old David Easter, 17 year-old Bryce Hall, 16 year-old Evan Kogler, 13 year-old Charlie Lamb, 13 year-old Mason Myers, 15 year-old Michael Rozell, 17 year-old Oscar Ruiz, and 16 year-old Ryan Sibbett have been missing since Friday.

Despite reports from some media sources that at least one child has been located, nine names remain on the list of missing.

Law enforcement officials investigating abuse claims at the Tierra Blanca Youth Ranch in New Mexico issued the alert after they were unable to confirm the safety and whereabouts of the nine children on Friday. Authorities went to the youth ranch to serve a search warrant related to charges of abuse against the children.

The nine children range in age from 13 to 17, and are reportedly residents at the Tierra Blanca Youth Ranch in rural New Mexico. The Ranch's Director, Scott Chandler, is also missing, and is presumed to be on the run with the nine youths. Authorities have named him as a "person of interest" in the childrens' disappearances.

ABC News and CNN are now reporting that at least one child has been returned to his or her parents; however, the New Mexico State Police asserted in a statement to the press earlier today that an AMBER Alert will "remain active" until "authorities can physically confirm their well-being".

Anyone with information about these missing children should immediately call the New Mexico State Police at (575)835-0741.