June 14, 2018 12:17 pm

Hamilton police search area for missing St. Joe’s patient

Hamilton police are looking for a patient who went missing from St. Josephs Hospital.

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Hamilton police are stepping up the search effort for a patient who escaped from St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton’s West 5th campus.

Hamilton police are searching an area near the mental-health facility for 38-year-old Jason Murray of North Bay, Ont.

READ MORE: Patient missing from St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton

He’s an involuntary patient in the forensic program who was last seen running westbound through the parking lot on Wednesday, June 13.

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The search zone includes the area of West 5th Street as well as the escarpment and the Rail Trail.

Murray has been described as a threat to the public.

Police say if you see him, don’t approach, and just call 911.

This is the second time in just nine days that a secured patient has gone missing from the facility.

Syna Lorn, 33, of Hamilton walked away on June 4 while on an unsupervised grounds pass, and it took a couple of days for authorities to find him.

READ MORE: UPDATE: Hamilton Police find man they describe as violent and dangerous

That situation prompted Hamilton City Coun. Terry Whitehead to call for a review of how the police and the hospital handled the situation, including why it took Hamilton police 19 hours to inform the public that a dangerous man was on the loose.

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