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Runaways who led high-speed police chase remain missing

Published: Monday, January 02, 2017 @ 3:07 PM

Teens escape Champaign County facility

UPDATE @ 1:30 Jan. 4

The two teen girls who ran away from a group home in West Liberty and led officers on a chase that reached 100 mph remain on the loose. 

West Liberty Police Chief Shane Oelker said neither the girls, nor the car they allegedly stole, have been located as of Wednesday afternoon. 

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He said he suspects the teens might be in the Dayton area because they have family there.


Two teen girls from Dayton are still on the lam after authorities say they stole a vehicle to escape a youth home and drove at speeds more than 100 mph as they fled a pursuit.

The girls, ages 15 and 16, escaped before 3 a.m. today from the Adriel School, 414 N. Detroit St. in West Liberty in Logan County. Adriel School is a youth treatment center and foster care facility. The girls pushed their way into an office, took a staff member’s keys and vehicle, according to officials.

The girls led Champaign County deputies on a pursuit with speeds of around 100 mph on U.S. 68 from Urbana before the pursuit was ended near Springfield, deputies said.

The girls may be in the Dayton area because that is where they are from. They were last seen driving a 2014 maroon Chevrolet vehicle with Ohio license plate GYS 1751. Anyone with information is asked to call 911.

Officials with the Adriel School said the girls would not be returning to the facility. They said the girls require more assistance than the facility can provide.