(Update: Clarinda Academy escapee seen in Villisca


September 5th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Clarinda Police Chief Keith Brothers reports a teenager has escaped from the Clarinda Academy, Juvenile Holding Facility in Clarinda. Brothers said in an updated news release at 6-a.m, that at around 4:10-a.m., a black female matching the description of the Clarinda Academy escapee, 16-year old Myriah Maulik Thomas, had stopped at the Casey’s Store in Villisca and asked for directions to the Interstate. The suspect was driving a white Ford Ranger and was by herself. The direction of travel after the female left Casey’s is unknown at this time. Thomas, who is 5-feet 3-inches tall, is from Dallas Texas.

M. Thomas (Clarinda P-D provided image)

M. Thomas (Clarinda P-D provided image)

Thomas weighs 122-pounds, has short, curly brown hair and brown eyes.  If you see her, DO NOT APPROACH the teen. Instead, you should call your nearest law enforcement agency immediately by the 911 emergency telephone system. There is presently a search underway for Thomas by authorities from the Clarinda Police Department, Page County Sheriff’s Department, Clarinda Academy staff  and the Mercy One Helicopter Unit.