The Gila County Sheriff’s Office says it's looking for 30 people who ran into the forest south of town this afternoon.
About 2:45 p.m., a deputy attempted to pull over a Ford van on northbound Highway 87 for a routine traffic stop. Instead of stopping, however, the driver of the van drove off.
The van headed down Forest Service Road 208, toward the rifle range. About 300 yards past the Jim Jones Shooting Range entrance, everyone in the van fled into the forest, including the driver.
The GCSO suspects the people have entered the country illegally from Mexico.
Lt. Tim Scott said if residents spot someone suspicious in the area, especially near Oxbow Estates and Round Valley, to call the GCSO at (928) 474-2208.
So far, they have yet to locate anyone from the van.