Patient missing from Oregon State Hospital arrested near Philomath

UPDATE: Appelt was found and arrested by Philomath police Friday morning.

Appelt was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped, and the officer recognized him. Police arrested Appelt for unauthorized departure and took him to the Benton County Jail.

Original story below. 

 

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon State Police troopers are searching for a psychiatric patient who was reported missing from the Oregon State Hospital on Thursday.

Jeffrey W. Appelt, 28, should be considered dangerous, according to the Oregon Health Authority. Anyone who sees Appelt should not approach him; they should call 911.

Appelt is described as 6 feet tall, 272 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a blue sweatshirt, khaki shorts and black and yellow Salomon sneakers.

Appelt was admitted to the state hospital on Oct. 3, 2016 as a civil commitment from Linn County. He was transferred from the Oregon Department of Corrections after convictions for gun-related crimes, including felon in possession of a firearm.

Appelt was last seen at 3:30 p.m. Thursday. Two hospital staff members lost contact with him after Appelt went to a restroom and didn’t return, according to OHA spokesman Jonathan Modie.


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