Apr 18, 2013 11:35 PM by Robby Messer

No explosives found after Willcox bomb threat

WILLCOX - The search for explosive devices on three Willcox school campuses turned up nothing.

Thursday morning, the Willcox Police Department received a report of a bomb threat involving the Willcox Unified School District. Members of the school found writing on the side of a trash dumpster at the Willcox High School indicating there was a bomb in the school. The writing did not indicate which school.

Willcox Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Rich Rundhaug was notified of the information and instructed the schools be evacuated. All students from all three schools, the High, Middle, and the Elementary, were evacuated to a safe location and arrangements were made to return the students to their homes.

Members of the Willcox Fire Department staged four fire trucks just off campus as did an ambulance crew from HealthCare Innovations. Investigators from the Arizona Attorney General's office who were in the area helped secure the perimeter of the schools.

Officers from the Willcox Police Department conducted an initial search of the campuses with members of the school district. A bomb dog from the Arizona Department of Public Safety and two bomb dogs from Pima Regional responded to the schools to assist in a secondary, more in-depth search, along with personnel from the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Cochise County Sheriff's Department, and Pima Regional.

Upon completion of the secondary searches of all three schools as well as the attached Willcox campus of Cochise College, it was determined that there were no dangerous devices, and all of the campuses were opened back up.

There are currently no suspects in custody. Anyone with information is asked to call police.


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