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Convicted murderer escapes from Mission Institution

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A convicted murderer has escaped from the Mission Institution.

Roderick Muchikekwanape, 41, has been missing since Thursday night.

Sheila Bonn, assistant warden management services at Mission Institution, said Muchikekwanape had been in a minimum-security area of the prison that is not fenced.

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He was not present during a prisoner count on Thursday night and a search is underway, police said.

“We learned that the inmate was last seen at seven o’clock when Mission RCMP wasn’t advised until approximately 10:30 in the evening,” Mission RCMP Cpl. Jason Raaflaub said. “So there is a gap of approximately three-and-a-half hours before members attended the institution and could get further details.”

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Muchikekwanape is serving a life sentence for killing a woman in Winnipeg in 1998, according to police

Muchikekwanape is described as six feet tall and 220 pounds with brown eyes and black hair.

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On Thursday afternoon, police in Bellingham, Wash. said a man matching Muchikekwanape’s description was spotted in the area of East Sunset Drive and Hannegan Road around 7 a.m.

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Police warn the public not to approach Muchikekwanape if they see him, and call police immediately.