2 teens captured, 3 on the run after escaping detention center

SOMERVILLE, Tenn. — Update 11/16 3:15 p.m.

Two of the five teens who escaped the John Wilder Youth Development Center are back in custody.

According to the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, they were found in Memphis.

Investigators planned to bring charges against the people who helped hide the teens after their escape.

Original Story:

Officials have confirmed that five teenage boys have escaped the John Wilder Youth Development Center in Somerville, Tenn.

The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was contacted Saturday morning that about 9 a.m. that the teens escaped the facility between 10:30 p.m. Friday night and 8:30 a.m. Saturday, a release stated.

The release said the teens left in an unknown direction.

All the escapees are either 16 or 17-years-old.

Since they are considered children, no other information has been released, said Chief Deputy Ray Garcia.

The facility is known to house violent offenders with various charges like rape, murder, etc., officials said.

Anyone with any information regarding these escapees is urged to contact the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office at 901-465-3456.