Oklahoma tornadoes: Rescuers search into night for Moore schoolchildren

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin confirmed that bodies of children had been found at Plaza Towers Elementary School. She also confirmed that bodies of adults had been found on the school lawn.
by Andrew Knittle Modified: May 26, 2013 at 8:56 pm •  Published: May 20, 2013

In a drizzle under hastily erected bright lights, dozens of emergency workers searched into the night Monday for the missing children at the flattened Plaza Towers Elementary School.

“They're looking for life, but they have not had any hits recently, so they're in recovery mode now,” Gov. Mary Fallin said late Monday night after touring the devastation.

At one point early in the night, about 50 workers formed a line and passed rubble down from the school building that had become a twisted heap of bricks, blocks and iron.

The smell of gas was thick in the air.

Later, rescue dogs arrived and began sniffing through the debris. Then, the sound of jackhammers could be heard atop the rubble.

The governor confirmed that bodies of children had been found at the school. She also confirmed that bodies of adults had been found on the school lawn.

“They still aren't quite sure on the number of who might be missing,” Fallin said.

“There have actually been some adults that were found out in the field here. We're not sure if they're parents who came to pick up their children. And we're just not sure where some of the teachers and some of the schoolchildren are.”

Oklahoma County Commissioner Brian Maughan said, “This is by far and away the most catastrophic damage I've ever seen.”

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by Andrew Knittle
Investigative Reporter
Andrew Knittle has covered state water issues, tribal concerns and major criminal proceedings during his career as an Oklahoma journalist. He has won reporting awards from the state's Associated Press bureau and prides himself on finding a real...
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