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Manhunt in Bienville Parish ends in arrests

Two juveniles from Gauthier, Mississippi were arrested Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021 after a 19-hour...
Two juveniles from Gauthier, Mississippi were arrested Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021 after a 19-hour manhunt in Bienville Parish.(Bienville Parish Sheriff's Office)
Published: Sep. 15, 2021 at 9:59 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 16, 2021 at 10:59 PM CDT

BIENVILLE PARISH, La. (KSLA) — A manhunt in western Bienville Parish that began Wednesday afternoon (Sept. 15) has ended.

Sheriff’s Office officials say the two teenagers, ages 17 and 15, have been arrested. They were caught in woods behind the old Woodard Walker mill off U.S. Highway 80.

Sheriff John Ballance says a drone was in the air Thursday morning searching for the boys when it noticed a ripple in the water. Deputies searched the area and found the two hiding.

Officials say the two juveniles from Gauthier, Mississippi were taken into custody around 9:30 a.m. at a pond behind the mill after a 19-hour search. One of the suspects was wearing an ankle monitor, authorities say.

Two juveniles from Gauthier, Mississippi were arrested Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021 after a 19-hour...
Two juveniles from Gauthier, Mississippi were arrested Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021 after a 19-hour manhunt in Bienville Parish.(Bienville Parish Sheriff's Office)
Two juveniles from Gauthier, Mississippi were arrested Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021 after a 19-hour...
Two juveniles from Gauthier, Mississippi were arrested Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021 after a 19-hour manhunt in Bienville Parish.(Bienville Parish Sheriff's Office)

The manhunt began when the two teens bailed out of a Ford pickup that crashed into a creek after being clocked at 99 mph on Interstate 20, Bienville Sheriff John Ballance told KSLA News 12. Turns out the truck was stolen from someplace in Mississippi, he added.

One of Ballance’s deputies pursued the pair as they drove west into Webster Parish then crossed the median and doubled back into Bienville Parish. They did the same thing a few more times, then finally took the Ada-Taylor exit off I-20, went down a dirt road and drove off into the creek.

That’s when the two bailed out of the truck.

Law officers, a Louisiana State Police helicopter, drones, and tracking dogs from Wade Correctional Center were sent out to search for them.

And sometime during the search Wednesday night, a resident told authorities that someone had tried breaking into their vehicle.

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