Vermont police looking for 3 missing teens who are part of NH DCYF program
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THETFORD, Vermont — Police are looking for three teens who walked away from a overnight camping trip from a program affiliated with the New Hampshire Department for Children, Youth & Families.
Police said Liam MacLeod, 16; Kyle Casey, 17; and Killian O'Reilly, 17; walked away from the campsite sometime during the early morning hours on Monday.
The teens had been staying at the Roaring Brook campsite as part of the Traverse program based in Pike, New Hampshire.
The teens had been sent to the program through DCYF, said Dave Chabot, chief legal and employment affairs officer for Becket Family of Services.
Becket Family of Services is a nonprofit "with the goal of helping struggling adolescents find a 'zest for life' and succeed in the 'business of life,'" according to its website.
Chabot did not know exactly how many teens were in the program at the time that MacLeod, Casey and O'Reilly disappeared but there could have been around six. He said admissions are rolling so the number can change from day to day but that the disappearance is not due to a lack of staffing.
"The program has been staffed above and beyond what is required by regulations," Chabot said.
Chabot said the program is not typical and that the amount of time each teen spends in it is different.
"The program is goal oriented around behaviors and self management and regulation," Chabot said. "They are given an opportunity to develop healthy habits."
Once the teens have achieved those goals, they are able to return home.
Police said all three teens had been wearing similar clothing, including neon yellow shirts (possibly long sleeved), zip-off hiking pants and crocs.
Anyone with information is asked to call Vermont State Police at 802-748-3111.
NH DCYF did not immediately respond to a request for a comment for this story.