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Search underway for runaway teens from Duchesne County residential treatment center

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Posted at 6:23 PM, Feb 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-24 20:32:15-05

DUCHESNE COUNTY, Utah — The Duchesne County Sheriff's Office is searching for three teenagers who ran away from a residential treatment center near Roosevelt early Monday morning.

The sheriff's office released the following descriptions:

  • Leah Douglas, 14, is 4’ 7” tall and about 105 pounds. Last seen wearing a green "Cedar Ridge" shirt
  • Nicole "Nic" Thornton, 16, is 5' 3" tall and about 150 pounds. Last seen wearing a red "Cedar Ridge" sweater
  • Sitara Chavez, 16, is 5’ 4” tall and about 115 pounds. Last seen wearing a blue "Cedar Ridge" sweater

Staff at Cedar Ridge Academy, a private residential treatment center, contacted the sheriff's office about 1 a.m. Monday to report that the girls had run away.

The sheriff's office initially said they did not believe they were in imminent danger. Search and rescue crews were later called in to assist in the search Monday afternoon.

Anyone who has seen, heard from or otherwise has any information about the teens is asked to call Duchesne County Sheriff's Office at 435-738-2015 or Central Dispatch at 435-789-4222.