A Sacramento teacher has been arrested on suspicion of hiding a missing 15-year-old boy for nearly two years.
Holga Castillo Olivares, 61, a Sacramento City Unified School District employee, was arrested Thursday in the case of a Rancho Cordova teenager who was reported missing on June 9, 2020, according to a Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office news release posted on Facebook. Olivares is listed as a second-grade teacher at Alice Birney Waldorf-Inspired K-8 School.
Olivares was arrested on suspicion of detention of a minor with the intent to conceal from a parent and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, authorities said. She is scheduled to appear Monday in Sacramento County Superior Court.
The school didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment Monday.
Two years ago, police searched for the missing teen, whom The Times isn’t naming because he’s a minor, but they couldn’t find him, according to the release. The teen returned home on March 11, nearly two years later.
Katte Smith, the boy’s guardian, told KCRA-TV in Sacramento that the teenager ran away from home after a disagreement with family members.
“He ran away,” she said. “He felt the grass was greener on the other side.”
The boy told his family that he had been staying at the home of his childhood girlfriend, whose mother is Olivares, according to KCRA.