Update: Troopers Say Wilmington Teen Wanted For Escape After Fleeing Juvenile Facility Near Elsmere

Wilmington – The Delaware State Police are currently investigating an escape from the Mowlds Cottage juvenile facility.

The incident occurred on Saturday, July 28, 2018, at approximately 8:45 a.m. when Troopers were dispatched to the Mowlds Cottage located at 1825 Faulkland Road. Upon arrival, Troopers learned that a 17-year-old, of Wilmington had escaped while being escorted on foot to another building.

He was last seen fleeing on foot towards Rt. 141. He is described as a black male, 5’05” tall and approximately 100 lbs. His clothing description is unknown as the clothing worn at the time of the escape was located on the shoulder of Faulkland Road.

He currently has an active warrant out of Troop 6 for Escape Third Degree.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to please contact Detective J. Hatchell of the Troop 2 Youth Aid Division at 302-365-8583 or by calling 911.

Information may also be provided by calling Delaware crime stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com

Mowlds Cottage is a staff secured transition program that houses male adjudicated youth up to the age of 18 years old who have completed the Ferris School program. Services include. In addition to youth transitioning from Ferris School, Mowlds Cottage also accommodates short-term commitments for youth on Aftercare supervision who have been committed by Family Court, according to their website.

FYI – Initial reports that indicated that the teen was fleeing from the Ferris School For Boys was incorrect. He ran from a Level IV staff secured facility named Mowlds Cottage and not from Ferris a school which is a Level V facility from which they have never had an escape, according to Community Relations Coordinator Joseph Smack.

The Delaware State Police did release the teen’s name and a photo, however, First State Update has a policy of not identifying anyone under 18 years of age.

Breaking Report

Wilmington –  Just after 8:00 this morning county and state police began to receive word that a 16-year-old had fled from the Ferris School For Boys (Later found to be Mowlds Cottage juvenile facility, not Ferris) on Route 141.

Officers and Troopers rushed to the scene as they learned that the teen had fled from a transport vehicle into the Willow Run neighborhood.

Police quickly set up a parameter and alerted Trooper 4 (Delaware State Police Aviation). Teams of officers, along with K-9 units responded to the area of the train tracks between Faulkland Road and N Dupont Highway as Trooper 4 hovered above.

After about an hour of searching the helicopter left and officers began to pack up as well.  At this point, it’s not clear if the teen was found.

On Monday, July 23, 2018, two juvenile females fled from the Grace Cottage juvenile facility, next door to the boy’s school, during an escorted group transfer from one building to another. After separating themselves from the group, who were on foot, the pair gained access to a state-owned vehicle and then fled the complex onto Delaware Route 141, according to State Police. Read more


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