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Escaped Mental Patient May Be Hitchhiking in Central WA

Thaddeus W. Ziemlak Thaddeus W. Ziemlak

Oregon State Police believe a mental patient who escaped from Oregon State Hospital may be in Central Washington.

23 year-old Thaddeus W. Ziemlak was found guilty of murder in 2004, except for insanity, following the shooting death of his mother.

The Klickitat County Sheriff's Office has received information that a man describing himself as "Thad from Salem" was hitchhiking along Highway 14.  He's reportedly on his way to Wenatchee.

Ziemlak is described as white, 5'9", 180 pounds with reddish hair, green eyes, and facial acne.  He was last seen wearing jeans and a tan jacket with a hood.

 

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