Authorities searched early Saturday for nine teens they say were abducted from a New Mexico ranch for troubled youth.
New Mexico State Police issued an Amber Alert despite the fact that an attorney for the ranch director said Friday that all the teens were safe.
The incident started Friday when state police investigators went to the Tierra Blanca Youth Ranch to execute a search warrant and investigate claims of abuse, authorities said.
Pete Domenici, Chandler's attorney, said the teens had just gone on a trip and nothing was wrong.
The operators of the ranch, Scott and Collette Chandler, deny any children have been harmed. And they filed a lawsuit earlier this week accusing investigators of targeting the ranch for closure following a fatal car crash involving students.
The operators also claimed investigators have been illegally interviewing students and telling parents to pull their children from the program by Friday or face abuse charges. Their lawsuit said at least one family was contacted directly by Gov. Susana Martinez, a claim her office denies.
The Tierra Blanca Ranch is a 30,000-acre working cattle operation situated in New Mexico's Black Range. For almost 20 years, this beautiful and historic ranch has been the setting of Chandler family efforts to work with troubled and at-risk youths. These endeavors were a principal motivation for the founding of the High Country Youth Program.
The Tierra Blanca Ranch has a fascinating past. The Blackrange was the home for the talented and artistic Mimbres Indians whose ruins are still a significant part of the landscape. The Apaches, led by Victorio and Geronimo called this area home.
Eventually, gold and silver led many to mine the precious metals from many mines located on the ranch. The remnants of the Tierra Blanca mining district are still visible. The H.Q. where Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Chandler currently live was built back in the 1880s. The H.Q. was the nerve center for the Sierra Land and Cattle Co. which spanned from Hillsboro near the AZ border.
reply to post by Thorneblood
I don't understand why they would say all the teens are safe. When clearly they are missing.
Sounds like they know something, and/or are trying to cover something up.
Sounds very fishy to me.
I hope they find them, and the teens will be okay.
Could it be human trafficking maybe?
Have there actually been any ufo sightings there lately ?edit on 12/10/2013 by Rainbowresidue because: (no reason given)
"This is still an active investigation," said Sgt. Emmanuel Gutierrez of the New Mexico State Police. "We have not visually seen these kids to confirm their whereabouts, which is why the Amber Alert remains active."
reply to post by Bisman
The director took them on the trip, they are looking for him too. It is their attorney, Pete Domenici, that is answering for the facility right now. It's the lawyer i wonder about, is he the Senator or a relation?
Is the story about the Governor's office true?
If both are true, and being covered up, then why are they so invested in the welfare of a Cattle ranch for at-risk youth?
Are you implying "Slave Labor"? If so it seems very possible.
Eventually, gold and silver led many to mine the precious metals from many mines located on the ranch.
I think there is something *SECRET there..i dont know thus teen maybe find something that very restricted..
Hope they okay, and keep us update sir..tq so much
Id almost bet this is a smear job.......
There is something fishy going on, but behind the scenes some other evil plot is being enacted by those who have some other agenda.
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