Police say teen who swam from officers in Kamloops located in Prince George

By Jill Sperling
July 4, 2017 - 5:20pm

KAMLOOPS — Police are now saying the teenage girl who escaped custody by entering the Thompson River last week was found in Prince George. 

The new information comes two days after RCMP issued a statement saying the teenager had been found safe and sound. 

The 16-year-old was the subject of an extensive search after she jumped into the river before police could handcuff her as a suspect in a bicycle theft. 

While searchers attempted to locate the girl along the Thompson River, police began investigating whether she could have made it safely to shore. 

All the while no description of the girl was released. 

"We were following up on a number of inquiries, and a number of investigative leads," said "E" Division senior media relations officer Annie Linteau. "Of course we have to remember that this girl is only 16 years old and we were simply not in a position to release her name to the media at that time." 

The Independent Investigations Office had been monitoring the situation, and Linteau says the IIO has been notified of this latest information. 

As of yet no charges have been laid against the teen. 

"It's possible that charges may be pursued in relation to this incident, but at this point in time it's too early to say," Linteau said. 


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