For Immediate Release
Oct. 8, 2019
Chief Communications & Community Engagement
Deputy Chief of Communications
Two Teens Located and Taken into Custody Monday Night
The Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office and the Mansfield Police Department have found two youth who had walked away from the Mansfield Juvenile Treatment Center Monday evening.
Jayger Harmon, 17, and Conner Grist, 14, walked away at about 6 p.m. Both youth were found at about 10:30 p.m. in a wooded area south of the facility off of Johnnie Cake Road in Mansfield. The Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) Division of Youth Services (DYS) is investigating the incident.
DYS is in the process of building and upgrading the fence at the Mansfield center. Most of the fence is built, but the youth walked through an area that was still under construction and then scaled the old fence. Staff who saw the youths walk away did chase after the youth, but were unable to catch them.
Arkansas Code Annotated 9-28-215 requires DHS to notify the public of such incidents if the youth could have been charged as an adult at the time he or she was committed to DYS.
No additional information is available at this time.