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Inmate escapes from Willow Cree Healing Lodge

Correctional Service Canada says an arrest warrant has been issued for Norman Cardinal, 34, who escaped from Willow Cree Healing Lodge. Correctional Service Canada / Supplied

UPDATE: Willow Cree Healing Lodge escapee back in custody

Correctional Service Canada (CSC) says a 34-year-old inmate has escaped from Willow Cree Healing Lodge in Saskatchewan.

Staff members at the minimum-security facility for men near Duck Lake, Sask., discovered that Norman Cardinal was not accounted for during the 5 p.m. count on Thursday.

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CSC said Rosthern RCMP have been alerted and an arrest warrant has been issued.

Cardinal is currently serving a sentence of two years, two months and one day for numerous convictions, including possession of a weapon contrary to a prohibition order and assaulting a peace officer with a weapon or imitation.

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He has brown eyes and brown hair, the CSC said in a press release.

CSC said it will investigate the circumstances of the escape. Duck Lake is approximately 75 km north of Saskatoon.

Anyone who has information is asked to contact police.

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