Both Missing Belmont County Teens Safe, in Custody


It’s been an emotional week for the families of Matthew Bateman and Kylee Taylor after they took off heading south in the Bateman family vehicle, but there is some closure for the families now that both of their kids are safe in police custody.

Troopers with the Texas State Highway Patrol say the chase started between 10:30 and 11:00 p.m. CST Sunday, in Bowie, which is about an hour and a half north west of Forth Worth.

Officers with the Bowie Police Department started in a chase, but quickly called in backup from the State Patrol. The Case covered about 48 miles before the vehicle was stopped in Wichita Falls.

It wasn’t until around 9:00 a.m. CST this morning that Matthew Bateman had been taken into custody.

Authorities say the chase started when an officer was doing a welfare check on a vehicle with the two teens sleeping inside. Police say the chase reached speeds over 100 miles per hour.

“At this point, obviously the parents will be contacted and make sure the kids are back in the custody of their parents and we will just have to get with the Bowie PD along with Texas Highway Patrol to figure out if there are any charges and what those charges will be and then the investigation will continue and we will be sure to pass along that information, as it becomes available,” said Texas Highway Patrol Trooper Dan Buesing.

We’ve spoken with Kylee’s mother, Christy Brown this morning and she says she hasn’t slept much, since she found out last night, but she did get a chance to talk to Kylee briefly, once she was taken into custody by police.

7News reporter DK Wright will have much more on this developing story tonight on 7News.

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