Search fails to recover body of shackled teen

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (AP) - Authorities have spent the weekend searching for a 16-year-old boy who was shackled when he jumped from a bridge into the Missouri River.

The Missouri State Water Patrol looked throughout the day Saturday and Sunday for Robert Nichols and planned to resume the effort Monday morning.

Robert leapt from the Jefferson City bridge about noon Friday after escaping from a vehicle taking him to the Montgomery City Youth Center.

His mother, Yolanda Nichols, says a caseworker told her that her son was trying to avoid going back to the detention center.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reported that she said her son was released from the center Wednesday into the custody of his brother. She said he was arrested and was being returned to the center after fighting with his brother.

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