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Juveniles Still Sought in Weekend Detention Center Escape

South Salt Lake Police Department
Yuvine Eusada-Alvares and Jonathan Grandes-Maves (right) are still being sought following their escape from the Salt Lake Valley Detention Center.

Authorities continue their search for two 17-year-olds who escaped from the Salt Lake Valley Detention Center in South Salt Lake Saturday.

The facility is run by Cornerstone Programs of Englewood, Colorado. South Salt Lake Police reported Saturday that Yuvine Eusada-Alvares and Jonathan Grandes-Maves were able to crawl under one security fence and over a second one.  Susan Burk is the Director of Juvenile Justice with the Utah Department of Human Services. She says while authorities continue their search for the two escapees, an investigation is continuing into how the boys were able to get away.

“And we have initially identified that there wasn’t adequate supervision of the youth when they were out in the recreation yard,” says Burk.

She says the two are not related to other but both have recently come to Utah from Honduras.

“They don’t have long term ties to the community,” says Burk, “They don’t have any means to support themselves and we want to make sure that they are safe as well as making sure that the community is safe.”

South Salt Lake Police spokesman Gary Keller says both are described as Hispanic males, between 110 and 120 pounds, with black hair, and brown eyes. Keller says they were last seen wearing blue plants, grey shirt and white shoes; the standard detention center clothing.

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