The search continues for a 16-year-old male inmate of the Green Hill School in Chehalis who escaped from the detention center this morning sometime around 6:30 a.m. after cutting a hole in the fence of the facility near Chehalis Avenue and 9th Street.
A pair of shears was found near the hole.
Later this morning, a 1992 white Isuzu Trooper was stolen from the 300 block of Chehalis Avenue. It was not known if the vehicle was stolen by the escaped resident of Green Hill, but the Trooper was later found in Thurston County.
Chehalis police Chief Glenn Schaffer said he did not know where in Thurston County the Trooper was found but police are investigating the scene and believe the Green Hill resident may be in the area.
Regular business at the Green Hill School was put on hold early Monday morning as workers filed in the front gate and waited in the lobby to begin their shifts.
“There has been a possible escape and we’re in the process of investigating it,” Jeannie Damato, an associate superintendent at Green Hill, said.
Because the suspect is a juvenile, Damato said the Green Hill School is withholding the suspect’s name. Damato said there are 182 residents at Green Hill.
The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office said it was assisting in the search early on but was later called off. Shelton police are also reportedly assisting in the search.
The escapee’s criminal history includes motor vehicle theft, burglary and theft.