Teenaged girl who escaped Kamloops RCMP in Thompson River found in Prince George
Ashley Legassic - Reporter
July 04, 2017 - 1:18 PM
KAMLOOPS - Police are releasing more information days after a teenage girl entered the Thompson River while allegedly escaping arrest.
B.C. RCMP spokesperson Staff Sgt. Annie Linteau says in a news release the 16-year-old girl was located safe in Prince George on July 2.
This comes after days of minimal information about the investigation being released by police.
In the early morning hours of June 29, Kamloops RCMP responded to a bicycle theft. Officers recovered the bicycle and efforts by an RCMP dog located a girl, believed to be associated to the theft, under a dock at the river bank that parallels Royal Avenue on the North Shore.
The girl was arrested in connection to the alleged theft, but escaped custody and entered the Thompson River before being placed in handcuffs.
Officers immediately began an extensive search in hopes of locating her, Linteau says.
"Police also pursued a number of investigative avenues to determine if the teen could have safely made it to shore," Linteau says in the release. "The ongoing investigation led police to locate the 16-year-old girl in Prince George."
The Independent Investigations Office of B.C., who investigate the police if serious harm or death is involved, was notified and began monitoring the situation to see if it would fall into their jurisdiction. Linteau says the Independent Investigations Office has been notified of the latest developments while police continue their investigation.
There is no word from police on whether or not charges will be laid againt the teenager.
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