Police still searching for boy who escaped Bell County Juvenile Detention Center

POSTED: Friday, March 25, 2011 - 4:49pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

KILLEEN --Police are searching for a 14-year-old boy who escaped from juvenile hall, and neighbors living near the facility are wondering how he  got out in the first place.

Police say they aren't sure just how Marcus Rowe escaped from a detention center Thursday night.

Fox 44 spoke to a former teen at the juvenile center who asked to remain anonymous. She admits they need to watch more closely.

"How do you see a resident for one second, and the next second he's gone? Everybody's got to be watched so what does that tell you?" said the former resident at Bell Co. Juvenile Detention Center.

Director of the juvenile center, Susan Humphrey, wasn't available over the phone. After we met her in person, they still declined to give us any information to help find the boy.

Our anonymous former juvenile lives nearby and tells us officers went door to door last night searching for Rowe.

"Tisdale said that they don't know how he escaped. He was seen for one second leaving, and that was it." said the former resident.

Bell County Sheriff's Office also told us they're not sure how he escaped, but police say he jumped one of the fences and could have been cut severely by one of the razors lining the top.

The former resident says escaping is on every juvenile's mind when they're locked up.

"It's been a while since I've been in there. It's not completely easy to escape, but it wouldn't be hard if you're smart and can jump," said the former resident.

Now, it's up to police to find the boy. They've been searching with dogs and air patrols and say he could be injured.


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