UPDATE: Two juveniles who ran away from a non-secure detention facility in Fayette County were located and sent to the hospital to be treated for the early stages of hypothermia.
James Evans, 17, and Joshua Smith, 13, were both found hiding in the woods near the Beckwith area. Officials said the two ran away from the New River Ranch facility at around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. They were out in the cold for more than five hours before the Sheriff Department's K-9 unit was able to track them down.
Sheriff Steve Kessler said that the bloodhound team saved the lives of the runaways. "Given the sub-zero temperatures and extreme wind-chill, it is doubtful these juveniles could have survived until morning."
BECKWITH - Deputies in Fayette County are searching for two male juveniles who ran away from a non-secure juvenile detention facility in Beckwith.
Deputies told Newswatch that James Evans, 17, and Joshua Smith, 13, escaped from the facility at 6:30 p.m. A bloodhound tracked their scent for a lengthy distance before losing the trail, so authorities have reason to believe they were picked up by someone in a car.
Evans is described as a white male, between 5 feet and 5-feet-5-inches, weighing 170 pounds with brown eyes and short brown hair. He was last seen wearing a blue, hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.
Smith is described as a white male, the same height as Evans, weighing 140 pounds with brown eyes and medium-length brown hair.
Anyone who may have seen the pair is asked to call 911.