Duchesne County Sheriff’s Office Says Runaway Teens Found Safe

Feb 25, 2020, 12:36 PM | Updated: 1:38 pm

UPDATE: The teens have been found safe, according to the Duchesne County Sheriff’s Office.

ROOSEVELT, Utah – Authorities are searching for three teenagers who ran away from a residential treatment center in Duchesne County on Monday.

According to a statement from the Duchesne County Sheriff’s Office, the three girls ran away from Cedar Ridge Academy, located near Roosevelt. A search and rescue team was called to assist with the ongoing search.

“The Utah Department of Public Safety helicopter flew over the search area in Duchesne County last night using a forward-looking infrared camera system,” according to DCSO, “but did not locate the girls.”

The three teens are Leah Douglas, 14, Nicole “Nic” Thornton, 16, and Sitara Chavez, 16. They were reported missing at about 1 p.m. Monday.

Douglas is 4 feet, 7 inches tall and approximately 105 pounds. She was last seen wearing a green shirt with the words “Cedar Ridge” on it.

Thornton is 5 feet, 3 inches tall and approximately 150 pounds. She was last ween wearing a red sweater with the words “Cedar Ridge” on it.

Chavez is 5 feet, 4 inches tall and approximately 115 pounds. She was last seen wearing a blue sweater with the words “Cedar Ridge” on it.

Authorities are asking anyone who sees the teens to call DCSO at 435-738-2015 or Central Dispatch at 435-789-4222.

“To Leah, Nic and Sitara: If you see this post, please call the sheriff’s office or Central Dispatch to let us know you are safe,” according to a DCSO statement.

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Duchesne County Sheriff’s Office Says Runaway Teens Found Safe