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Washington DSHS confirms third inmate missing from Western State Hospital

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Washington State Department of Social and Health Services confirmed on Friday that a third inmate walked from Western State Hospital on Wednesday and is now missing. In a Facebook post Friday the department says this inmate is separate from the other two inmates who escaped the same day.

DSHS reports a Western State Hospital patient left a civil ward on April 6 at about 10:15 a.m.The patient was with an escorted group for a visit to the fashion center which is outside the quadrangle. The group was due to return to the ward just before 11 a.m. The patient brought along some clothes from the fashion center. That patient then left the center unnoticed through an exit door.

The patient's whereabouts are unknown as of Friday afternoon.

The department says the patient was civilly committed to the hospital after criminal charges of a residential burglary and a violation of a no contact order were dismissed due to incompetency to stand trial.

Washington State DSHS staff notified hospital security, who searched the grounds unsuccessfully. Lakewood PD were also notified.

Lieutenant Chris Lawler with Lakewood Police said the patient is "a person with ground privileges that failed to return," and that "it's somewhat common out there."

"It's not an escape," Lawler said Friday.

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