Crossville police search for teen runaways

Crossville police search for teen runaways

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Hunter Smith and Jacob Crow, both 15 years old, were reported missing from the Cumberland Mountain School Youth Impact Center. Hunter Smith and Jacob Crow, both 15 years old, were reported missing from the Cumberland Mountain School Youth Impact Center.
The school is described as having  a "home-like environment." The school is described as having a "home-like environment."
"We don't know if they were picked up by someone in the area and taken to another location. I mean we're talking 15 year olds who don't have a job and left with the clothes on their back," said Major Terry White, investigating the case. "We don't know if they were picked up by someone in the area and taken to another location. I mean we're talking 15 year olds who don't have a job and left with the clothes on their back," said Major Terry White, investigating the case.

By MONA NAIR
6 News Reporter

CROSSVILLE (WATE) – Crossville police are looking for two runaways.

Hunter Smith and Jacob Crow, both 15 years old, were reported missing from the Cumberland Mountain School Youth Impact Center, a home for boys who are low level offenders.

Police say in the last three years they've taken about 37 reports about runaways from the facility.

The boys are ordered to attend the school by a juvenile court judge for minor offenses like drugs or unruly behavior.

"We don't know if they were picked up by someone in the area and taken to another location. I mean, we're talking 15-year-olds who don't have a job and left with the clothes on their back," said Major Terry White, investigating the case.

The school is described as having  a "home-like environment." Administrators say the "facility does not place residents under 'lock-down,' nor are they restrained from leaving."

The facility has no fence and is adjacent to a Walmart.

"They can walk away from the place and be mixed in with a hundred people at any time, which makes it harder to find them," Major White said.

Investigators say they are frustrated because they are faced with the same situation over and over again.

They hope Crow and Smith are found soon, but know it certainly won't be the last report of a runaway from this school.

"It ties up our time going out there. But we got to do what we have to do when a kid is involved. You can't just say it's a kid from there, you have to search," Major White said.

Since this latest report, administrators from the Youth Impact Center have been talking to police.

They are discussing what rules can be changed, and what kind of additional supervision they can put in place.

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