GALENA — The Stone County Sheriff's office says it will now alert residents if juveniles escape from a boys ranch.
The system is in response to a double homicide allegedly committed in January by two boys who escaped from the Lives Under Construction Boys Ranch near Lampe.
Anthony Zarro, of Spring, Texas, and Christopher Allen, of Nashville, Tenn., are charged with killing Paul and Margaret Brooks from Baldwin, Mich. The couple died two days after the boys escaped from the ranch.
The Springfield News-Leader reported that before the double homicide, the camp told Stone County sheriff's officials if a boy escaped, residents weren't notified. Sheriff Doug Rader said a system is now in place to alert residents.
The two teenagers, who are being tried as adults, are awaiting trial.