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Fayette County Bloodhound Team Finds Missing Juveniles In Fayette County

Reported: Jan. 29, 2014 10:17 AM EST
Updated: Jan. 29, 2014 10:28 AM EST
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FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. (Jeff Morris, WVVA) -- Two missing juveniles in Fayette County have been located by a sheriff's department bloodhound team and were suffering from the early stages of apparent hypothermia.

WVVA reported that the first juvenile was found about midnight in the Beckwith area of Fayette County. He was suffering from the early stages of apparent hypothermia and was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Meanwhile, the second juvenile was located by a bloodhound team from the sheriff's K-9 unit about 12:40 a.m. Wednesday, the TV station reported. He was hiding in an a wooded area near the same location the first boy was found. The TV station said he also was transported to a local hospital because he was suffering from the early stages of hypothermia.

The Fayette County Sheriff's Department said the hard work of the bloodhound team from the sheriff's K-9 Unit probably saved the lives of the runaway juveniles.

"Given the sub-zero temperatures and extreme wind-chill, it is doubtful these juveniles could have survived until morning." Fayette County Sheriff Steve Kessler said in a news release.

WVVA said the two juveniles ran away from the New River Ranch, a juvenile detention facility in Beckwith Tuesday evening.



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