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Pittsburg missing woman arrested

LONGVIEW,TX (KLTV)- A 71 year old female fugitive from justice is captured by police today. She was thought to have just wandered away from her nursing center home, then it was revealed it was an intentional disappearance, but today a 71 year old Sylvia Youngberg's stint on the run ended. Youngberg was wanted for fleeing her probation by leaving the Pittsburg nursing center on Wednesday. The frantic search that started on Wednesday, turned to disbelief when police realized Youngberg's disappearance was planned.

"Is it something that we expected when we initially started, no it wasn't. All the evidence led us to believe that she had intentionally absconded from justice," says Pittsburg police chief Richard Penn.

Police had information that as late as this morning youngberg was seen in the Upshur county area, but inexplicably she was spotted walking along the roadway in Pittsburg along south Greer street around 9:30 this morning.

"She was in the Upshur county Gilmer area and she was brought back to Pittsburg, she was arrested on a felony warrant that had been issued out of Gregg county for motion to revoke on the probation she is currently serving," Penn says.

Youngberg was on probation from a 2005 arrest in Gregg county on charges of animal cruelty and injury to an elderly person. The grisly Longview police report details how Youngberg starved dogs and her own mother at a residence. With evidence that her mother had fur and pieces of dog in her mouth when she was found. The terms of her probation included permanent residence at the nursing center. Police are still trying to unravel how Youngberg got out of a secure facility with coded security doors, and who may have helped her.

"Someone gave her a ride a way from our community.that person may or may not have known that she was a felon at the time," says Penn.

Youngberg will be booked on charges in Camp county, and then transported to Gregg county jail.

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