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  • Deputies Search Southern Wisconsin Mine for Three Missing Teens

  • The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee owns the mine, where an estimated 100,000 bats live

, photo: Courtesy of Dodge County Sheriff's Office in Juneau, Wisconsin

11 of July 2016 15:07:30

IRON RIDGE, Wisconsin -- 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, were last seen Sunday afternoon. Authorities say the boys' bikes were found off a road near an entrance to an old abandoned mine near Iron Ridge.At least a dozen police and fire departments searched Monday near the Neda Mine, including an densely wooded area. 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, which conducts bat research at the site. UWM says an estimated 100,000 bats live in the mine, which is among the Midwest's largest winter shelters for hibernating bats.

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