MONROE (WWJ/AP) – Authorities say they’ve apprehended two teenage girls who escaped from the Monroe County Youth Center in southeast Michigan.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Department said the 16- and 17-year-olds were part of a work program that allowed them to be outside the locked facility to care for animals. Police say the teens were outside when they decided to flee.

The girls were reported missing around 6:15 p.m.  Monday in a call to 911. The sheriff’s department said they were found about an hour later trying to use a phone at the home of an area resident. The homeowner said he refused to let the girl’s in his home and instead called police. The girls were found nearby shortly thereafter.

A tracking dog and sheriff’s department helicopter were used in the search. The sheriff’s department said the girls are expected to face charges in the escape.

The younger female was returned to the Youth Center while the older female was taken to the Monroe County Jail pending charges, The Monroe Evening News reported.

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