Teen runaway from DJJ facility in Jonesville found

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UPDATE: The runaway teen who was the subject of an all-day search in Union County has been found.

Maj. Robert Hines with Union Co. Sheriff’s Office said Elleyon Adrian White was found around 10 p.m. near the New Hope Church on New Hope Church Road and the intersection of Highway 176, and was taken into custody without incident.

White was found with some briar and brush cuts and scrapes, and was cleared by medical officials.

He was being taken back to Camp White Pines at this time.

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UNION COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – Deputies are looking for a 16 year old boy who left a rehabilitation camp for at-risk teenagers on his own.

Major Robert Hines with the Union County Sheriff’s Office says Elleyon Adrian White ran away from Camp White Pines on T. Bishop Road in Jonesville after midnight Wednesday.

Bloodhounds tracked the boy to a driveway on West Springs Highway but lost his scent.

Hines says that leads investigators to believe White got into a getaway vehicle.

Staff members told investigators White asked for permission to use the restroom at around 12:30 a.m. but he ran into the woods.

Maj. Hines says they’ve alerted shop owners in the area since White was wearing only a white t-shirt and boxers when he left.

According to a flyer issued by Union County Sheriff’s Office, White is described as being 5-foot-8 inches tall, weighs around 155 lbs. and has black hair and brown eyes.

If you see White you’re asked to call Inv. Scott Coffer at (864) 429-1612 or email him at scoffer@countyofunion.com.

White Pines is a low security residential camp for non-violent offenders and at-risk teens in the Department of Juvenile Justice system.

Joseph Gallina, the Marketing and Communications Director at the Tampa-based non-profit, told 7 News reporters Wednesday that teens at White Pines agree and sign a court order to attend behavioral therapy courses at the facility before they are released to their families. 

Gallina says it is DJJ policy dictates facilities like White Pines to notify local authorities immediately when a resident goes missing and any teen who runs away is considered to be defying a court order.

According to the facility’s website, the camp helps troubled kids who have committed various non-violent offenses.

AMI Kids White Pines says it has helped more than 2,000 kids change their lives since 1997.

7 News has previously covered escapes and allegations at the facility when the former executive director came under fire in April 2016 for not contacting authorities when two teens ran away. 

READ MORE: DJJ camp abuse claims prompt possible charges

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