Eva Kosanovich-Ware – 15 (2021)

In the cold Utah, authorities are now searching for a 14 year old girl named Eva Kosanovich-Ware, who ran away from the infamous Solstice Residential Treatment Center. She is 5 feet tall and weighs 100 pounds. She is not dressed for the winter conditions and can be in danger due to cold conditions.

According to various sources, she is not a Utah native, so she does not have close network of friends in the community who can take her in. For unknown reasons, her homestate either decided that they do not care where the girl is as long as she is far away from the paper pile on the desk of her caseworker or her parents disliked the local treatment facilities and the diagnoses, they have. As for the conditions at Solstice, on Yelp, a former patient wrote:

I attended solstice rtc for almost 2 years starting in 2015 and graduated the summer of 2016. It was the most traumatizing experience of my life. I would rather have anything happen to me again from my pre solstice trauma than ever go back there. I still have nightmares that I’m there and even though I’m too old to be forced back it is still my biggest fear.

The emotional abuse was horrific. I was forced to clean bloody tampons out of the toilet with my bare hands by the lower level staff who weren’t being supervised on multiple locations. They force patients to sign off on treatment plans that include diagnosis’s, medication, and bullshit “progress reports”. If you don’t they withhold your privileges. They also force patients to meet with perspective parents and intrerveiw with them. They tell the parents before each interview that they (the parents) can ask us (the residents) any question and we can answer however we want, without fear of retribution. THIS IS NOT TRUE. As a patient, I had to lie to the many parents and guardians about solstice. If someone didn’t , the other girls in the room would snitch in the person telling the truth. That’s why they always put at least two of us if possible in the room, preferably three. I will live with the guilt of convincing people to send their children to solstice and for covering those “people” for the rest of my life’s. Please don’t make the same mistake.

They once took a girl’s speaking privileges away did weeks. She couldn’t SPEAK to staff, therapists, or patients, or HER FAMILY for weeks. She slept in a (finished basement). She wasn’t allowed to go to groups, school, or therapy. This was because she kissed a couple girls and lied about it. They sometimes made us, the patients vote on whether or not we wanted this to happen to people. They didn’t always listen to the vote, but still. They call this “positive peer pressure”. I can assure you, this pressure is nothing more than rewarded bullying and emotional abuse. It was this emotional abuse that lead to my suicide attempt, while in the program. The pressure was nonstop. My therapist, literally said they would, ” break [me] down to build [me] back up.”

They broke me for so long. By the time I left, I was almost completely brainwashed. I believe what had been drilled into my head again and again. They told me I wasn’t abused as a child, that I never had a “legitimate” eating disorder, that I didn’t use substances before solstice and so much more. They also convinced me that the awful things that they did there were a result of my poor decisions that led me there. If I was bothered by the abuse or stood up for myself it was because I was “entitled”. It makes me want to throw up to know that my name and face are still proudly displayed on the walls as a success story. I am, but in spite of solstice, not because of it. I will never erase the guilt of helping that system run, you don’t want to feel the same way, I promise.

This place should be shut down, it robbed me of my own voice and autonomy in a way my previous physical, emotional, and sexual abuse can’t compare to. They bill themselves as a tough love treatment center that will give you you kid back again. In one way, they were right, but only in the sense that I would literally prostitue myself before ever going back. Please don’t let this happen to anyone else. No child deserves what happens behind those close doors


Sources:

Two teenage girls reportedly ran away from a mental health facility in Layton (HeartGlitz news)

The original testimony from the former patient on Yelp

UPDATE

The girls have been located

Source:

UPDATE: 2 teens missing since Wednesday found safe (KJZZ News)

Autumn Mayo – 14 (2021)

In the cold Utah, authorities are now searching for a 14 year old girl named Autumn Mayo, who ran away from the infamous Solstice Residential Treatment Center. She is 5 feet tall and weighs 100 pounds. She is not dressed for the winter conditions and can be in danger due to cold conditions.

According to various sources, she is not a Utah native, so she does not have close network of friends in the community who can take her in. For unknown reasons, her homestate either decided that they do not care where the girl is as long as she is far away from the paper pile on the desk of her caseworker or her parents disliked the local treatment facilities and the diagnoses, they have. As for the conditions at Solstice, on Google, a former patient wrote:

Firstly, a disclaimer: my views on solstice are solely opinions. While my feelings towards it are negative overall, I know that there are some who really appreciate the program.
I have many feelings which cannot be explained in a review, so here’s the overall pros/cons list.
Pros:

  • -good trauma therapy
  • -opportunities for equine therapy & horsemanship
  • -outdoor recreation
  • -people can make lasting friendships there
  • -helps rework family dynamics
  • -provides structure which can be helpful for those who are struggling

Cons:

  • -only 1 individual session/week; 1 family session a week
  • -very high staff turnover
  • -the group therapy is generally viewed as unhelpful (to most residents)
  • -residents are around mentors much more often than therapists; mentors are undertrained, and mostly burnt out college kids. this results in highly unprofessional conduct at times.
  • -very poor eating disorder treatment in general
  • -strict level system places pressure on residents to act perfect, so often times they’ll lie and fake their way through the program
  • -extremely restrictive environment; it often times takes people 5+ months to even gain the privilege of walking in between buildings on campus unsupervised or carrying a backpack.
  • -personally speaking, only one person I’m still in contact with from Solstice actually appreciates the experience. The others either believe that it made them worse, or it helped them in some aspects but traumatized them in others.
  • -there are some kids that really struggle there. there were occasions (such as a kid who drew on the wall with their blood; a girl who had psychotic breaks; a girl who repeatedly self-harmed in front of others and cosistently tried to kill herself, etc) which create a really unsafe space for healing. Personally I believe that they needed to let go of residents who undoubtedly needed more support/care.
  • -they are a lot less holistic than it would seem… they certainly don’t think that “food is medicine”, as the nutrition is poor (gushers and Rice Krispies for snack, hamburgers/chips for meals, etc) and there is very little spiritual connection work there.
  • -overall most residents there are miserable; not because they need treatment, but because they ARE in treatment and solstice does not provide the healthiest of spaces for this.

I hope this can help parents in making a decision in where to send their child.

See to that the girl is helped. She is together with another girl who ran from the facility named Eva Kosanovich-Ware.

Source:

Layton Police ask public’s help locating 2 missing teenage girls (Gephardt Daily)

UPDATE

The girls have been located

Source:

UPDATE: 2 teens missing since Wednesday found safe (KJZZ News)

Tyler Mastro – unknown age (2017)

Tyler Mastro ran away from the infamous Agape Boarding School which is a religous boarding school located in Missouri based on very extreme so-called Christian values.

On a number of message boards former students have complained about use of manual restraints and censorship of even family photos so they upload so-called Christian standards.

We have not been able to locate a link stating that he has been found.

Source:
Police searching for runaway in Cedar County

Serenity Dennard – 9 (2019)

A year has gone with no trace of this poor girl. It is a tragic as it can be. She left Black Hills Children’s Home February 9, 2019. A search was started right a the beginning. Much later, maybe too late, the search was increased with help from law enforcement.

The facility fired some foot people to satisfy the media. The supervisor who did not call in the police right away and the manager remains employed.

A year on there is still no trace of her. The terrain is not good for a child and it was very cold if you took the clothes, she had on when she disappeared into consideration.

We can only pray that she is found.

Source:
SERENITY STILL MISSING: One year later, S.D. girl’s fate unknown despite extensive search and investigation (South Dakota News Watch)

Update 2021

Sadly we can report that the girl has not been found. We hope that her poor family soon will hear news and will pray for that.

Two-year search for a South Dakota girl missing in the Black Hills has been suspended, sheriff says (Grand Forks Herald)

Roberto Madrigal – 13 (2018)

13 year old Roberto Madrigal ran away from Redcliff Ascent – today mostly known due to their participation in the UK reality TV show “Brat Camp”.

This boy is not equipped to survive on his own for a longer period.

We can only urge people to notify the authorities so he can get proper care instead of this placement in a wilderness program. Wilderness programs have claimed numerous lives of the teenagers who were forced to attend them during the last few decades.

Please help his boy back to California. Notify the also social services where he lives so the decision to place him at such a dangerous place can be investigated.

Source:
Boy Who Disappeared In Beaver County Spotted In Washington County (KSL TV)

Update 30-07-2018

He has been located. However it seems that he will not be transported back to California so the social services could investigate why he was placed at a place which were ill-suited to his needs. Instead he is sent to some random lock-down in Utah.

Source:
Boy who ran away from wilderness program found safe (KSL News)

Adrian Sanders – 16 (2006)

Back when the grusome Spring Creek Lodge Academy existed a boy managed to escape during a transport to an even more sinister facility on Jamaica named Tranquility Bay.

The amazing thing about this incident was that the authorities never really conducted an investigation into the matter. The newspapers could not even get the hospital to confirm that he was treated after a fall from a clift.

We believe that he survived. Sadly we also believe that he ended up at Tranquility Bay – today it is closed and it only known for the 2001 suicide and the public rescue of a Jewish boy. But we are not 100 percent sure.

Sources:

When children are not missed, should they just be allowed to die?

A lot of rumors have been running around a former catholic orphanage in Metairie in Lousiana. It was closed in 1995 in order to avoid further digging into possible child sex abuse.

Now 16 bodies have been found at the former facility.

As with the terrible case of children having been abused and killed at the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys, the job is now to put names of those who have been buried in Metairie. Forever this city will now have its name tie to the buried children.

The real tragedy is that none seemed to care about their disappearence. Who can you place responsability when none miss a child?

If this only was a special case, but it has sadly turned out to be close to a norm that you find buried children when you re-develop areas belonging to former child facilities to new housing projects. There are similar cases from Ireland and England. Only God knows what to find in the future.

We will pray for that these children will be named and if possible that people responsible for these tragedies are held accountable for their actions.

Source:
Metairie Catholic Orphanage excavation uncovers mass grave (The Sunday Post)

Victimized Teens missing as result of the Troubled Teens Industry