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Oregon State Hospital patient missing from Junction City campus

Oregon Health Authority News Release

April 14, 2022

Media contact: Aria Seligmann, 503-910-9239 [email protected]

Contact: Oregon State Police PIO, [email protected]

A 39-year-old Oregon State Hospital psychiatric patient, Thaddeus Ziemlak, was reported missing on Thursday, April 14, 2022 at 4:23 p.m. Anyone seeing Ziemlak should call 911, the Eugene Police Department at 541-682-8350, or the Oregon State Police at 1-800-452-7888.

Ziemlak is accused of unauthorized departure. Law enforcement has been notified. Ziemlak should not be approached.

Ziemlak was revoked from Lane County to the Salem campus of Oregon State Hospital on 2/13/2020 and transferred to the Junction Campus on 11/17/2021. He was found Guilty Except for Insanity on the charges of murder with a firearm.

He was last seen at Alton Baker Park in Eugene at approximately 4:23 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, where he was on an approved outing. Oregon State Hospital staff members assigned to escort Ziemlak lost visual contact when he ran away from staff. He was last seen on the Willamette River Bridge heading toward downtown Eugene. Two Oregon State Hospital Mental Health Security Technicians were dispatched to search the area of downtown Eugene. Eugene Police were notified at 4:26 p.m. and Oregon State Police were notified at 4.29 p.m. At 4:40 p.m., a warrant was issued.

Hospital officials, who reported the missing patient to state and local law enforcement agencies, described Ziemlak as a Caucasian male, 5 feet 9 inches tall, 200 pounds, with blonde hair and brown eyes. When last seen, he was wearing all black: black pants, a black t-shirt, and a black coat with a North Face logo. He was also wearing a black beanie and electric blue tennis shoes. He wears eyeglasses.

Law enforcement agencies have been notified.

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