Boys missing in Dodge County found safe

Three boys went that missing on Sunday found

Three boys last seen Sunday night in Dodge County have been found safe.

Authorities were searching for the three boys on an abandoned iron mine in southern Wisconsin after they were last seen at 9:45 p.m. Sunday.

Crews were searching an area near Iron Ridge that includes old mine tunnels and thick woods for Zachary Heron, 16; Tate Rose, 16 and Samuel Lein, 15.

A release from Sheriff Dale Schmidt at 12:44 p.m. Monday said the three boys were found.

The Neda Mine is owned by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee because of its large bat population. UWM said 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.

The mine is a total of four miles underground, according to the sheriff.

The Madison Heavy Rescue Team was among the numerous agencies responding to assist in the search.