[UPDATE 5/20] Juvenile Escaped Detention Facility; Believed to be on Hwy 199
UPDATE 5/20: The Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office reports, “This individual has been located and is currently in custody.”
UPDATE 9:36 p.m.: Press release obtained with the help of Lindsay Housaman of North Coast News.
On the morning of May 17, 2016, slightly after 9 a.m., a youth incarcerated at the Bar-O Boys’ Ranch escaped the facility. His escape was noticed within minutes and staff mobilized to pursue and apprehend him. With assistance from the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office, and additional staff from the Probation Division, a search of the area immediately adjacent to the Ranch was conducted.
At approximately 9:45 p.m. the youth was sighted and pursued by Probation and Ranch staff in the vicinity of Little Jones Creek Road, less than a mile from the Ranch. The youth evaded capture by fleeing into the Middle Fork of the Smith River. At approximately 1 a.m. the morning of the 18th he was located nearby and again evaded capture, injuring a Ranch Youth Counselor in the process.
The search for the youth is ongoing with help from Del Norte County Search and Rescue, California Highway Patrol, and other local and state agencies. He is believed to still be in the vicinity of Little Jones Creek Road along Highway 199.
The youth is a male Hispanic, 17 years of age, 5’8” tall, 120 pounds, brown eyes and black hair. He wears glasses but it is unknown if he is still in possession of them. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans.
The Del Norte County Probation Department is advising all residents and travelers along Highway 199 to contact the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Dispatch non-emergency line at (707) 464-4191 or the Del Norte County Probation Department at (707) 464-7243 with any information regarding this youth’s whereabouts.
Original post below when we only had Caltrans advisory and CMS signs. :Two male juveniles have escaped from a detention facility and are believed to be on Hwy 199 in Del Norte County. In a burst of excessive description, the boys are said to be wearing white t-shirts and blue jeans. No other details are provided in order not to overwhelm the traveling public with excessive information such as hair and eye color or height. Sending out photos is apparently considered ridiculously over-helpful and the public is left to consider half the young male population as possible delinquents.
When the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office was contacted, the woman answering said she was not allowed to give out any details and the person who could was gone until tomorrow.
Meanwhile, if you should see two male juveniles that may be wearing white t-shirts and blue jeans on Hwy 199, you are advised to not approach them and to call 911.
Below is the advisory given to Caltrans.
NOTE: Because we are somewhat unbelieving that two juvenile offenders could have escaped from detention and the community is given no more information than the sketchy information offered above, we diverged from a neutral journalistic tone into sarcasm. We hope you understand.