Runaway case investigation continues |

Runaway case investigation continues

Gregory Crofton

A Douglas County sheriff’s investigator plans to ask South Lake Tahoe police to continue investigating a runaway case that involved two South Lake Tahoe girls and two Stateline boys.

Investigators said they are handing the case to police because the group of teen-agers spent the majority of their time in a South Lake Tahoe motel room.

The girls, Amy Klaes, 17, and Jackie Rivas,14, were found and arrested on Friday for being runaways inside a Bank of America on Kingsbury Grade. Investigators also arrested one of the boys, a 17-year-old, for violating probation by running away from home.

Investigator Rick Brown said he could not discuss any possible charges because the people involved are juveniles.

Klaes and Rivas were reported missing Wednesday night. They failed to meet a parent inside an arcade at Harveys Resort & Casino at 9:30 p.m. Sightings reported to investigators Thursday night indicated the girls were willingly staying with the boys.

Investigators located the group a day later when Rivas went to the bank to get money from her savings account. When the girls arrived to access the account, bank employees called the sheriff’s department.

Klaes and Rivas were taken into custody inside the bank, and the boys were apprehended outside in a waiting taxi cab, an investigator said.

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