In all, 32 teens escaped from the Woodland Hills Development Center late Monday, Tennessee Department of Children’s Services spokesman Rob Johnson told CNN.
As of Tuesday, 23 had either turned themselves in or had been caught on nearby roads, Johnson said. Nine remained at large.
The teens left their dorms around 11 p.m. Monday and began running around a large yard at the facility, Johnson said. The yard is surrounded by a fence, and at some point, they discovered a way out under the fence and escaped, he explained.
It’s not known if the escape was planned or was a spontaneous action, Johnson said.
By Mariano Castillo and John Branch