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Mom of woman escaped inmate Garver is accused of killing speaks out

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As the manhunt for escaped Western State Hospital inmate Anthony Garver continues, we looked into why Garver was at the hospital in the first place. He was initially put into Western State Hospital for a role police believe he played in the murder of a young woman in 2013. Surveillance video shows Garver with Phillipa Evans-Lopez from a western Washington McDonald's just a day before she was found dead.

Garver is accused of killing her. 

Phillipa Evans-Lopez's mother, Kris Evans spoke to KHQ over the phone. 

She said that Phillipa had a soft spot for the elderly and homeless people and that is how she met Anthony Garver.  Evans said Phillipa used to see him sitting outside of a McDonald's and she would buy him breakfast.  She says the two didn't spend a lot of time together, in fact Evans tells us, that Garver said he didn’t even know Phillipa until investigators showed him video surveillance. 

That's when he admitted to being in the car and in the house with her. 

"I think that he's dangerous," said Evans.  "The way she died was gruesome and cruel." 

She tells us it was tragic the way her daughter was killed and described her as a wild and free spirit.   

After Phillipa's death, when she found out that Garver was going to Western State Hospital she said "it was better than him continuing to be on the streets." 

Kris Evans found out that Garver escaped from the mental hospital after a friend texted her about it. 

 Now she is concerned for the public's safety. 

 "You can still have a mental problem and do something that you know is wrong," says Evans.  "The fact that he's run before, that he's hidden before, you know he didn't kill her and stay in the house. He's not incompetent.  He's very, very, very intelligent and he needs to stand trial."

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