32 teen boys escape from Tennessee detention center

(CNN) - Tennessee authorities are searching for more than a dozen boys who escaped from a detention center.

In all, 32 teens got away from the Woodland Hills Development Center in Nashville late Monday night. Authorities say as of Tuesday morning, 15 of them had either turned themselves in or were caught on nearby roads. Officers are combing the area on foot with K-9s and from the air with a helicopter.

"Right now they're focused on finding out what happened, finding out who knows anything and whether that can help with the search," says Rob Johnson from the Tennessee Department of Children's Services. "We're getting reports that they're in the vicinity. police are out looking for them. their coordinating the search right now and hope to get them back soon."

A Tennessee TV station reports the escape happened after some sort of disturbance. Authorities say they somehow got out of their dorms and slipped underneath a fence. It is unknown if this was a planned or spontaneous escape.


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