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Moore police search school for children’s backpacks

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MOORE, Okla. - Moore Police officers searched the debris and damage at Plaza Towers Elementary school, hoping to return possessions belonging to the children affected by the tornado, to their parents and loved ones.

"That's the least we can do is try and dig through there and find as many as we can," Lewis said.

The backpacks might be damaged, covered in mud and debris, but to a parent, they might have a deeper meaning.

Moore Police Sgt. Jeremy Lewis said the idea came after he walked what’s left of the elementary school with a parent the other day.

"Just seeing how they reacted to finding that property, I just thought, 'There's no reason to let these stay there and be down with the building,'" Lewis said.

Officers started the search in the most damaged area of the school, the spot where seven children lost their lives to the unforgiving tornado.

Sergeant Lewis said some of the backpacks may never be retrieved; however we wanted to give parents the option, of getting back their loved ones special items.

"If we can just get a few pieces of memories that they'll have, it's worth our time to go and get that," Lewis said.

Right now, the retrieved backpacks are at the Moore High School Library.

The School District said they will contact parents once the items are available for pickup.

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