Clay, Montague County deputies searching for suspected undocumented immigrants after traffic stop

WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — Authorities in Montague and Clay Counties are searching for a handful of suspected undocumented immigrants who escaped on foot during an early morning traffic stop near Bellevue.

According to a Facebook post from the Clay County Sheriff's Office, at 1:05 a.m. on Wednesday, April 17, a deputy made a traffic stop inside Montague County at Tyson Road, where 11 to 14 suspected undocumented immigrants took off on foot.

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The Montague County Sheriff's Office responded, and authorities began searching the area on foot and with a drone.

Deputies remained in the area, and around 7 a.m., three suspects were spotted and apprehended near Leona Road at FM 174 in Montague County.

By 11:30 a.m., four more suspects were spotted near Tyson Road and taken into custody by the Montague County Sheriff's Office.

Bellevue ISD went into a soft lockdown until schools were released this afternoon out of an abundance of caution for the police work nearby.

Authorities will continue to search the area using vehicles, drones, and on foot. They have checked the properties around Tyson Road for suspects.

At this time, between four and seven subjects remain unaccounted for.

If you see anyone suspicious in the area, officials with the Montague or Clay County Sheriff's Offices asked for information. They can be called at (940) 894-2871 and (940) 538-5611, respectively.

Deputies remain in the area, and one is stationed in Bellevue and will be at Bellevue ISD when school releases for the day.

This is a developing story. Stick with Texoma's Homepage for updates as more information becomes available.

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