Six Ashland boys lead police on two-hour search

Six male teenagers ran away Tuesday night from the Lithia Springs Boys Home on Walker Street, leading police on a two-hour search across Ashland, police said.

Four of the boys had yet to be caught as of Wednesday, said Lt. Corey Falls with the Ashland Police Department.

The apparently concerted escape highlights a problem that Ashland police deal with frequently, Falls said.

"Runaways are something that we work with and take reports on," he said. "But we don't usually get that many at a time."

The boys, ages 15 to 17, escaped from the home in the 200 block of Walker Avenue at about 9:15 p.m., according to police reports.

"They all ran at the same time in different directions," Falls said.

It's unclear what prompted the boys to run away, he said.

Officers spent more than two hours searching for the teens, after the home for troubled boys reported them missing, he said.

Police located one boy at about 9:40 p.m. and lodged him at the county Juvenile Detention Hall because he had violated his probation and had interfered with a police officer.

Another boy turned himself in at the Ashland Police Department at about 5 a.m. Wednesday and was lodged at the detention hall for violating his probation.

Police describe the four boys who remain at large as white teenagers who may be traveling together.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact the Ashland Police Department at 482-5211.

Contact staff writer Hannah Guzik at 482-3456 ext. 226 or

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