Search underway for 3 teens missing from wilderness disciplinary program

Search underway for 3 teens missing from wilderness disciplinary program

(KUTV) A search is underway in Beaver County for three runaway teens who left the RedCliff Ascent wilderness treatment program.

Beaver County Sheriff Cameron Noel said boys went missing from the camp around 3 a.m. Monday. A deputy was notified around 8 a.m. and the search started, continuing throughout the day, Noel said.

The boys were identified as Keyon Garbus, 15, Wyatt Grosvenor, 15, and Ajay Ruparelia, 14.

The sheriff said the boys likely have very little food or water, and he was concerned about their welfare as temperatures in the area reached 105 degrees. Searchers found some footprints that may indicate the boys are hiking south toward the Iron County border, Noel said.

He also said the boys were wearing flip flops and white t-shirts and were unprepared for the rocky, desolate terrain.

"They're out in an area that they're totally not used to and quite dangerous," said Noel.

A state helicopter was called in to assist Monday with plans to return. Searchers plan to resume their efforts early Tuesday morning, according to Noel.

According to Noel, the sheriff's office has had several problems with RedCliff Ascent. He said this same situation happened just last week.

"Had two of them escape," Noel said. "Broke into three or four of our local cabins out in that area, but we were able to capture them later in the daytime."

2News reached out to RedCliff Ascent, but an answering service representative said no one was in the office Monday evening.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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