UPDATE: Kamloops crews scouring river for signs of missing teenager who escaped from custody

RCMP are at a home in the 200 block of Royal Avenue on Kamloops' North Shore today, June 29, 2017 in connection to a missing teenager who fled into the Thompson River.

KAMLOOPS - A teenage girl has been missing for more than 12 hours after she escaped from RCMP custody by jumping into the Thompson River overnight.

Kamloops RCMP says in a news release officers were alerted to a stolen bicycle around 2 a.m., June 29. Police recovered the bicycle and a police dog located a teenage girl believed to be associated to the theft under a dock at the river bank that parallels Royal Avenue.

The girl was arrested but escaped from custody and entered the river prior to being placed in handcuffs. Officers immediately began searching for her, along with Kamloops Fire Rescue's boat and a police boat.

Police and Kamloops Search and Rescue are continuing to search for the girl. Anyone with information about her whereabouts or this incident are asked to call Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000.

The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. has been notified.

A residence in the 200 block of Royal Avenue was taped off today with police cruisers in front.

Kamloops Search and Rescue says its volunteers are assisting RCMP with the search at McArthur Island.

Kamloops Search and Rescue members are stationed at McArthur Island today June 29, 2017, to assist Kamloops RCMP with a search.
Kamloops Search and Rescue members are stationed at McArthur Island today June 29, 2017, to assist Kamloops RCMP with a search.

– This story was updated at 2:49 p.m. on Thursday, June 29, 2017 to include new information from Kamloops RCMP.

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