'Affluenza' Teen Ethan Couch, Mother Found and Detained in Mexico
The “affluenza” teen, Ethan Couch, and his mother have been detained in Mexico after the pair went missing earlier this month, according to reports.
Couch, 18, who possibly violated his probation sentence for killing four people in a 2013 drunk driving crash, and his mother Tonya were found in Puerto Vallarta, CNN reported.
Couch reportedly dyed his blond hair brown to disguise himself but did not shave off his beard after he went missing following the emergence of a video that allegedly showed him at a party where alcohol was consumed, according to CNN.
His mother was listed by Texas authorities as a missing person after her son’s disappearance and authorities believed she was assisting the teen.
The pair was found in a popular Pacific resort town about 950 miles from home after vanishing two weeks ago.
A week before they vanished, a party was allegedly held for the son and mother, the Tarrant County Sheriff's Department said.
It is not clear who attended the party, but officials said they believe it took place right before they left.
Officials said Couch is expected to be turned over to the U.S. Marshals Service. He and his mother were being held by Mexico’s immigration authorities because they were unable to prove their legal status in the country.
Couch’s trial gained widespread attention after a psychologist testified that he was suffering from “affluenza,” as he was so spoiled and wealthy that he was unable to tell the difference between right and wrong.
The psychologist later said he wished he had not used the word, which is not recognized by the American Psychiatric Association as a diagnosis.
Couch’s attorneys had argued that his parents should share some of the blame for his crash, which killed four people.
District Attorney Sharen Wilson has said it "certainly looks like" Couch in the video of the party, but said that without further investigation, the video alone doesn't prove he violated his probation.
He now faces up to 10 years in jail for violating his probation by leaving the county and not meeting his probation officer.