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2 teens who fled camp are found

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CEDAR CITY — Two 16-year-old boys were found Friday afternoon after escaping from the same wilderness camp where eight boys assaulted their camp counselors and disappeared for four days in December.

This time no one was hurt and camp workers located the boys at 2 p.m. Friday, after they loaded up with food, water and a portable two-way radio and disappeared just after 10 p.m. Thursday, said Redcliff Ascent Wilderness Camp owner Dane Kay.

Redcliff is a wilderness therapy program for at-risk youth ages 13 to 18.

Since January, four juveniles out of roughly 160 who have taken part in the program have tried to leave, Kay said. The latest pair were visiting the camp from out of state and were about halfway through their 60-day stay, Kay said.

The Iron County Sheriff's Office was called briefly to help find the boys, but a camp worker with tracking experience had already located the boys by early Friday morning. The boys were found hiding in a field not far from a nearby road, Kay said.