Escapee from Northwestern boot camp apprehended
COAL TOWNSHIP - A 17-year-old male housed in the boot camp at Northwestern Academy ran away from the juvenile detention facility Saturday afternoon, but was apprehended in a wooded area 90 minutes later in Mount Carmel Township.
Coal Township police said the teen ran away from a group of other students shortly before 4:30 p.m. while on a nature walk in the woods with an academy employee. It was initially reported the teen was heading in a southeasterly direction from the academy. Police from Coal Township, Kulpmont and Mount Carmel Township, along with academy personnel, searched for the teen before locating him at about 6 p.m.
A request was made for a state police helicopter to assist in the search, but was canceled when the teen was found and returned to the academy.
The incident remains under investigation by Coal Township police.