NEW INFORMATION: Deputies find 3 missing teens

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IRON RIDGE, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin authorities say searchers have located three boys who have been missing since Sunday.

Authorities feared the boys had gotten lost in an abandoned mine with a maze of tunnels that went on for miles.

Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt issued a two-sentence emailed statement Monday saying the boys had been located. He didn't say where or offer any other information.

Schmidt's communications director, Christine Churchill, said in a separate email that the boys are safe and a news release is upcoming.

The three boys -- Tate Rose and Zachary Heron, both 16, and 15-year-old Samuel Lein -- were last seen Sunday. Schmidt said at a news conference earlier Monday that their bikes were found off a road near an entrance to the mine.



Dodge County Sheriff's Office said all three missing teens have been found.

No other details have been given.

Stay with WEAU 13 News on this developing story.



IRON RIDGE, Wis. (AP) --Authorities are focusing their search for three missing teenage boys on an abandoned iron mine in southern Wisconsin.

Dodge County sheriff's officials say the boys were last seen Sunday. Authorities say the boys' bikes were found off a road near an entrance to an abandoned mine near Iron Ridge.

Sheriff Dale Schmidt told reporters on Monday that the mine is a vast maze that goes on for four miles. Searchers are using dogs and thermal imaging to try to locate the boys.

The sheriff's department identified the teens as Tate Rose and Zachary Heron, both 16, and 15-year-old Samuel Lein.

The mine is owned by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. UWM says an estimated 100,000 bats live in the mine, which is among the Midwest's largest winter shelters for bats.



IRON RIDGE, Wis. (AP) --Authorities are focusing their search for three missing teenage boys on an abandoned iron mine in southern Wisconsin.

Dodge County sheriff's officials say the boys, ages 15 and 16, have been missing since Sunday afternoon. Crews are searching an area near Iron Ridge that includes old mine tunnels and thick woods.

Sheriff Dale Schmidt says deputies and firefighters are trying to secure the mine so they can search it. The Neda Mine is owned by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee because of its large bat population. UWM says an estimated 100,000 bats live in the mine, which is among the Midwest's largest winter shelters for hibernating bats.

The mine is not open to the public except for UWM's arranged field trips.

Schmidt says authorities have no information on the boys' status.



IRON RIDGE, Wis. (AP) --Authorities in Dodge County have focused their search for three missing boys on a mine near Iron Ridge.

Sheriff Dale Schmidt told WTMJ radio deputies are searching the Iron Ridge Mines in the Neda Mine District.

The sheriff provided no other details.