A young offender remains at large following his escape Thursday from the North Battleford Youth Centre.
His age and previous convictions can’t be released at this time, but authorities have described him as dangerous.
The province obtained a court order to release his name and picture because the Youth Criminal Justice Act restricts what can be made public.
He escaped July 21 while on an escorted leave with two youth custody workers for a funeral on Red Pheasant First Nation.
On Friday, the province said he should have been shackled with a body belt. The device is described as a belt around the waist with a chain attached to a lock around the feet and to hand cuffs.
An investigation into the escape is set to determine whether that policy was followed.
“Our investigation will determine whether that was the case and what caused him to flee the custody of those two youth workers,” said Dew Wilby with the Ministry of Corrections.
“He left the care of the young offender workers and fled the scene. How exactly that occurred, and whether that body belt was intact at the time, I’m unclear at this time the investigation will bear this out.”
It isn’t clear whether there was any collusion from outside sources known to him, but Wilby doesn’t think the two young offender workers were involved.
The boy is described as five feet 11 inches tall, 150 pounds with an average build. He has brown hair and eyes.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts should contact the RCMP, local police service or 911 immediately.
*A previous posting of this story contained the name and picture of the young offender in question. He was apprehended by police on July 28, 2016 and we were required to remove his name and image as a result of a court order.