Youth leaves OYA custody in Florence


A youth committed to the Oregon Youth Authority (OYA) absconded from Camp Florence Youth Transitional Facility Thursday evening (Nov. 28). Ethan Bright, 18, was committed to the legal custody of OYA 2018 on charges of Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle and Burglary 1. He left the facility grounds without permission and evaded pursuit. A warrant has been issued and law enforcement notified.

“We want to locate him quickly to ensure his safety,” said Benjamin Chambers, an OYA spokesperson. “If members of the public encounter the youth, please call 911.”

Camp Florence is one of four step-down transitional facilities at OYA designed to prepare youth for their return to the community. Transitional camps have lower security than youth correctional facilities like MacLaren and are reserved for youth who have made significant progress in their treatment and reformation plans. Youth in these camps are frequently out in the community for work and other opportunities.

“We work with a high-risk, high-needs population of youth, prone to impulsive behavior,” Chambers said. “Absconding is always a risk in our facilities and OYA adheres to mandatory procedures and protocols to minimize that risk. We will be reviewing our procedures to identify whether there are any opportunities to prevent similar incidents in the future.”

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