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Roswell girl reported missing from detention center found

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A teenage girl from Roswell reported missing from the Albuquerque Girl’s Reintegration Center late Saturday has been found.

Buckner

Meredith Buckner, 17, was found late Sunday near the 800 block of Louisiana Boulevard SE in Albuquerque and transported back to the Reintegration Center by New Mexico State Police, according to an email Monday from Ray Wilson, public information officer with the state police.

She was found in good condition. Wilson said he had no further details about her disappearance.

Buckner, who had been remanded to the facility for arson and resisting or evading an officer, had been seen at about 2:20 p.m. Friday walking away from Highland High School where she attended classes.

Reintegration Center staff reported her missing at 5:30 p.m that same day.

Buckner is the the third Roswell teenager to have gone missing from a youth detention facility in less than a week

Randy Torrez and Jose Lopez, both 16 and from Roswell, were reported missing from the Albuquerque Boys’ Reintegration Center Feb. 18, after both walked off the center grounds.

Lopez, placed at the facility for unlawful possession of a handgun; and Torrez, for aggravated battery resulting in great bodily harm, were later found by state police hiding out at the Canyon Vista Apartment Complex in Albuquerque.

Both boys were subsequently taken into custody.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.