Update: two missing boys found safe in Beltrami County


Two boys who went missing on Saturday have been found safe, the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office reported.

Volunteers started a search for the boys at 8:30 a.m. this morning in Puposky, about 15 miles north of Bemidji, authorities say.

The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office said the boys, ages 7 and 8, were riding a red Honda 200 three wheeler on Saturday afternoon and had not been seen or heard from since 4:30 p.m.

At 10:06 a.m. today, the sheriff's office posted on Facebook that the boys had been found:

"Searchers have found the two missing boys. They are being checked out by EMS. No additional information is available at this time on the juveniles or details."

The sheriff's office, the Minnesota State Patrol, Red Lake Fire Department, Department of Natural Resources Enforcement and a number of family members and friends had been assisting in the search, officials say.

Valley News Live reported that the family lives in a heavily wooded area with many lakes and swamps, surrounded by trails that lead to other family members’ homes.

According to VNL, the mother of one of the boys says her son and his cousin were driving around the yard when they went missing. Smith says they searched for about an hour and a half before putting calls out on social media and notifying the police.

Smith said the boys did not have coats on and only had a half-full tank of gas, VNL said.

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