UPDATE: Both Youth Who Escaped are Back in Custody

The youth, ages 12 and 16, had escaped from the Children’s Farm Home in Corvallis on June 6.

UPDATE, June 19, 2020: The 12-year-old youth has also been found.

UPDATE, June 17, 2020: The 16-year-old youth is back in OYA custody as of Monday, June 15. The 12-year-old youth is still missing. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the Benton County Sheriff’s Office at (541) 766-6858.

Original post, from June 7, 2020:

Youth Abscond from Secure Program

Benjamin Chambers
Communications Director


Jason Davis
Lane County Health & Human Services
Public Information Officer

Two male youth, aged 16 and 12*, escaped from the Children’s Farm Home in Corvallis on the evening of June 6, 2020. The Children’s Farm Home is a secure facility for adolescents owned by Trillium Family Services.

The 16-year old was originally committed to the legal custody of the Oregon Youth Authority (OYA) in Dec. 2016 on misdemeanor charges of Theft 2 and Assault 3; again in January 2019 on two counts of Assault 4, and a felony charge of assaulting a public safety officer; and in March 2020 on a felony charge of Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle. The 12-year-old was detained on charges of Burglary 2, Criminal Mischief 2, Theft 1, Menacing, and Disorderly Conduct 2.

A warrant has been issued, and law enforcement notified. OYA’s primary concern is for the well-being of the youth and will work with the authorities to locate them.

“We work with a high-risk, high-needs population of youth, prone to impulsive behavior,” Chambers said. “Absconding is always a risk in secure facilities. The Children’s Farm Home adheres to mandatory procedures and protocols to minimize that risk. A review will be undertaken to identify whether there are any opportunities to prevent similar incidents in the future.”

*It is OYA’s practice not to name youth under 18 in news releases of this type.

  1. Grateful that at least one of them is safe. Don’t recall that the original post indicated there were two youth involved.

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