Ethan Couch, the Texas teenager from a wealthy family sought by U.S. authorities after he disappeared earlier this month, has been detained in Mexico, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.
“Couch is still in Mexico,” Dave Oney, a Marshals Service spokesman, told The Washington Post in an email Tuesday. “He and his mother are in the custody of the authorities there.”
Couch was sentenced to a drug-and-alcohol-free probation after killing four people while driving drunk two years ago; a psychologist and the teen’s lawyers argued in his defense that the then-16-year-old’s reckless behavior was a result of “affluenza.”
But after a video emerged early this month that seemed to show Couch playing beer pong in apparent violation of the terms of his probation, the teenager vanished. His mother has also been listed as missing, and authorities feared that they fled the country.
“With the wealth and the wherewithal that his family has, it’s going to be a tough assignment for us to find him,” Tarrant County Sheriff Dee Anderson said earlier this month, according to the Dallas Morning News.
Anderson said a press briefing is scheduled for Tuesday morning in Texas.
On Monday evening, Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office spokesperson Sam Jordan told the Star-Telegram that Couch and his mother, Tonya, had been detained in Mexico and were in the custody of Mexican officials.
They were taken into custody at around 6 p.m. on Monday, according to a statement from the Jalisco state prosecutor’s office, which was obtained by ABC News. Citing its own official sources, CNN also reported that Couch was found in Puerto Vallarta, a city of beaches and lavish resorts on Mexico’s Pacific Coast.