The Iowa Department of Human Services says three students from the Eldora State Training School are still on the loose after running away Thursday night.
The school deals with “seriously delinquent youth” and is located in Hardin County.
DPS officials say the students got away while being escorted from a gym to their cottage and ran into a nearby wooded area. Local police were called in to help search for them and within an hour five other students who had gotten away were found and returned to the school.
The search for the other students continues officials say they are hoping for a “safe and speedy return.”