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Authorities searching for escaped juvenile

Posted October 26, 2009 9:39 a.m. EDT

— Authorities are searching for a teen in the custody of the state Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention who didn't return from a permitted visit Sunday.

The juvenile, identified as Melkym D., failed to return to the C.A. Dillon Youth Development in Durham as expected after an 8-hour visit, said department spokesman William Lassiter.

Melkym D. was last seen on Fayetteville Street in Durham at noon Sunday. His home is in Wake County.

Lassiter said that due to the unpredictability of juvenile behavior during an escape, there is a high degree of concern for the safety of both the juvenile and the public.

Local enforcement agencies are assisting in the search.

Anyone who sees Melkym D. should call their local law enforcement agency.