KEARNEY — A teen escaped Tuesday night from the Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center at Kearney.

Around 8:45 p.m. the Buffalo County 911 communications office received a report of the escape, and a BuffaloWatch Alert was sent to subscribers.

The teen was last seen running west from the facility wearing a green shirt, black shorts or blue jeans. He is described as a black male, 5-foot-11 and 160 pounds.

According to an email from a Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services spokesperson, the search for the teen continues. DHHS which oversees YRTC, is working with authorities and an investigation into this incident is ongoing. 

"Due to pending law enforcement investigation, we are unable to further comment," the email from Garret Swanson said. 

Anyone with information about the escapee is asked to contact any law enforcement agency. To sign up for BuffaloWatch alerts log on to and click on the BuffaloWatch logo.