By Paula Stuhr

ASHBURN -- Police have a suspect after a bomb threat forced the evacuation of the Turner County Special Services School Monday.

E-911 received a call from an unknown individual at 11:56 a.m. threatening to "blow the building up," Chief Ben Sumner of the Ashburn Police Department said.

The school was evacuated and its students were bussed to the Turner County Civic Center and Turner County Elementary School, Sumner said.

Law enforcement officers set up a perimeter around the area and contacted the Department of Corrections in Eastman to request a a K-9 unit with explosive detection dogs.

The K-9 unit arrived at the school at approximately 1:10 p.m. and searched the building along with Chief Sumner, Maj. Jack Woolard of the Tift County Sheriff's Office and an officer until approximately 1:40 p.m.

"The search found no explosives or suspicious devices," Sumner said. "We do have a suspect in this investigation, but the suspect is not in custody at this time.

"All of the agencies and school officials involved really worked well together to make the evacuation and set-up of the perimeter run smoothly," Sumner said.

Students were brought back to the school and normal activities resumed once the building was secured.

The Turner County Special Services School is located at 330 Gilmore Street. It houses the in-school suspension program and Turner County Pre-K.

To contact photographer Paula Stuhr, call 382-4321, ext. 214

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