Two Prineville-area juveniles who apparently ran away over a month ago have been located in Renton, Washington and placed in juvenile detention pending return to Oregon, police said Wednesday.
Renton police responded around 7 p.m. Wednesday to an area Walmart store after receiving a call about two juveniles wanted by police, identified earlier by officers as 16-year-olds Lance Allen Stanley and Emilie Rose Tavernia.
Officers found the pair in the store’s parking lot, learned they had been entered into their database as missing runaways from Prineville and notified Crook County dispatchers, police said.
The pair had juvenile probation warrants out of Crook County, “but due to a technicality, the warrants could not be served,” a news release said.
The teens were taken to the King County Youth Detention Center and lodged pending extradition or transfer back to Oregon, police said.
“Additional information came out after the juveniles were taken into custody, indicating further investigation will follow,” the updated news release stated, without providing further details.
Prineville police asked the public for help Tuesday in finding two 16-year-old area residents who apparently ran away together over a month ago and may be in hiding with a former Prineville woman.
Police said in a news release although Lance Allen Stanley and Emilie Rose Tavernia “have juvenile probation warrants for their arrest on other, unrelated issues, we want them to know that our only concern at this time is for their welfare and safe return to Prineville.”
“We are asking that they both attempt phone contact with their probation officer or police, and return home,” police said, later adding, “There is no evidence of foul play, but all avenues of investigation are being considered.”
Stanley’s guardian reported him as a runaway on March 23 after he didn’t return home from a Prineville location the previous day, officers said, declining to give that location. On or around the same time, the mother of Tavernia, a Crook County resident, reported her as a runaway with March 22 as the last date of contact. The two were reported as being in a relationship, police said.
Police said it was reported the pair could be “hiding out” with a woman, Catina (Tina) Lynn Barlow, a former Prineville resident who recently moved, possibly to Renton, Washington.
“Police had some initial contact with Tina in Prineville, and didn’t locate either juvenile, but are attempting to locate Tina with some follow-up questions,” the news release said.
Officers said there have been numerous tips that place the teens in different areas of Oregon, as well as Seattle, Renton and other locations.
Stanley is about 5-foot-5 and 125 pounds, with brown eyes, a medium build and medium-length curly brown hair. He last was seen wearing blue jeans, a black shirt and gray Vans skate shoes.
Taverina is about 5-foot-5 and 100 pounds, with blue eyes, a slim build and shoulder-length hair. Police had no last known clothing description but said she has been known to have various hair colors, including blue, black and red.
Police asked that any information that could help be shared with Prineville police, in the disappearance of Stanley, and the Crook County Sheriff’s Office, which took the runaway case regarding Tavernia. The two agencies are working together to find both runaways.
A Facebook page has been created by those seeking to find Stanley, and it has more information at: https://www.facebook.com/LanceStanleyMissing/