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Police search northern New York land for missing couple

By The Associated Press

STOCKHOLM, N.Y. (AP) - State police confirm that they're searching a rural northern New York property amid reports that the investigation involves a missing elderly couple.

Troopers say investigators are executing a search warrant at property in the St. Lawrence County town of Stockholm, 10 miles from the Canadian border. Officials say a forensic identification unit is processing the scene, where a box has been uncovered.

Police haven't released few other details, but local media report that police starting digging up a section of the frozen ground this week.

District Attorney Mary Rain says the investigation began with a welfare fraud investigation.

A couple in their 80s had lived on the property but hasn't been heard from in more than a year. Rain says a man who knew the couple is undergoing a mental health evaluation.

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