Officials: Teen who escaped juvenile center found safe - WNEM TV 5

Officials: Teen who escaped juvenile center found safe

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Authorities say a teen who escaped from a local juvenile center over the weekend has been found safe. 

It happened at the Wolverine Rehabilitation Camp in Vassar late Saturday night.

The center said the 17-year-old male ran off after less than 24 hours at the facility. It's located on the eastern outskirts of the city off East Huron Road and Enterprise Drive.

The teen is said to have disappeared into a heavily wooded area near the facility.

Derrick McCree with the Wolverine Rehabilitation Center said the teen's whereabouts are known and he is safe. McCree said it was unclear if the boy would be returned to the facility. 

Wolverine is not a secured facility, meaning there are no locks on the doors.

The teen was staying in a cabin monitored by an on-camp supervisor when he apparently just opened a door and ran off.

Officials said the teen has no criminal history and was at the facility under court order.

His escape sparked many concerns, especially after similar incidents have occurred in Mid-Michigan in recent years.

Two weeks ago, a 32-year-old man escaped from a state-run psychiatric hospital in Tuscola County.

He was recaptured in just hours but it marked the third escape by a patient at the Caro Center in the last three years.

Wolverine Human Services said more than 99 percent of the boys who come into the facility successfully complete its programs.

Less than one percent of participants fail to adhere to the rules and procedures of the center.

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