SEATTLE – The Latest on the escape of two men from a psychiatric facility in Washington state (all times local)
A violent ex-felon who escaped from an embattled Washington state psychiatric hospital was spotted Thursday but authorities are unsure if he is still in the area.
Anthony Garver was spotted in the Spokane area Thursday and visited his father's Spokane Valley home, but officials say they he remains on the loose.
Spokane County Sheriff's Deputy Mark Gregory says he doesn't know if Garver has left the area or is hiding in the woods.
Gergory says Garver has hidden from authorities in the woods before and he's comfortable in the wilderness.
Garver and Mark Alexander Adams escaped through a window from Western State Hospital on Wednesday night. Adams was apprehended Thursday morning, and Garver took a bus to Spokane.
A Washington state psychiatric hospital that a man accused of torturing a woman to death escaped from already faces federal scrutiny over safety programs and attacks on patients and employees.
Anthony Garver, who remained on the loose, was charged in 2013 with tying a 20-year-old woman to her bed with electrical cords, stabbing her 24 times in the chest and slashing her throat. He was found too mentally ill for trial.
Garver, 28, escaped Wednesday night with Mark Alexander Adams, 58, a patient who had been accused of domestic assault in 2014. The two crawled out a window in a locked, lower-security unit of the hospital and Adams was captured the next morning.
Authorities believe Garver bought a bus ticket from Seattle across the state to Spokane and authorities there searched for him Thursday evening in a wooded area with dogs, a SWAT team and helicopters after he stopped at his parents' house in the area.