Washington state police search for 2 men who escaped from psychiatric hospital

Authorities in Washington state said late Wednesday that two dangerous men are on the loose after escaping from a psychiatric hospital.

Lakewood police said Anthony Garver and Mark Alexander Adams were last seen in the dining hall at Western State Hospital at about 6 p.m., but were discovered missing at 7:30 p.m.

Garver was found incompetent to stand trial for a murder charge in 2013 and Adams was sent to the hospital to receive treatment stemming from a domestic violence arrest in 2014 where he was found not competent to stand trial, Q13 Fox reported.

Garver is charged with killing Phillipa Evans-Lopez, 20, in a home in Lake Stevens in July 2013. She was found tied to a bed and stabbed to death.

Police said Garver’s real last name is Burke and he also goes by the alias Deryk Garver.

"It is suspected that they left together on foot and may have obtained transportation," Lakewood Police said. "They were both housed in the locked civil ward at the hospital and may have escaped out of a loose window in their room."

A manhunt for the two men is underway. Authorities said they’ve contacted cab companies, Amtrak, Greyhound and Pierce Transit to be on the lookout for the two men.

"Both subjects are reported by the hospital to be dangerous to others," police said.

Garver, 28, is white, described as 5-foot-8, about 250 pounds, with long curly brown hair and has a beard and a mustache. He was last seen wearing a brown sweatshirt and orange jail flip-flops, Q13 Fox reported. He’s originally from the Spokane area.

Adams, 58, is white, described as 6-foot, about 210 pounds, with long blond hair. He was last seen wearing a white shirt and gray shorts. Police said Adams might try to flee to California.

Police said both Garver and Adams arrived at the hospital in 2015 on a court commit order of Snohomish County to treat mental health issues.

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