DYA escapee captured on Christmas day

Department of Youth Affairs (PNC file photo)

Guam – After nine days on the lam, the DYA client who escaped is now back in custody.

For more than a week the Department of Youth Affairs turned over every stone in hopes of finding the 17-year old female client who ran away from custody while on an outing to Matapang Beach. The search finally came to an end Christmas Day.

DYA Spokeswoman Danielle Camacho says a tip led DYA officers to a home in Machanaonao, Dededo.

Now that the minor is back in custody, she faces additional charges of escape and is being held under strict conditions.

DYA commends the officers who helped to search for the minor, noting that the task was far from easy, since neither the minor’s identity nor picture could be released to the public.

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.