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Man convicted of murder in mother’s death escapes custody in Oregon

Thaddeus Ziemlak

PENDLETON, Ore. — Authorities say an Oregon resident who was convicted of murder in the death of his mother in her Eugene home in 2004 has escaped from the supervision of the Psychiatric Security Review Board.

The Register-Guard reports the board sent a notice Thursday asking for the public’s help to find 36-year-old Thaddeus Ziemlak. Ziemalk was last seen Jan. 5 when he was leaving his residential facility in Pendleton on a planned community outing. He was due back at his residence that afternoon, but did not return.

Ziemlak is 5-foot-10-inches tall, 170 pounds with sandy brown hair, green eyes and acne scars. He escaped custody previously and was found in Wenatchee, Washington.

According to The Register Guard, Ziemlak has a history of drug abuse, which can exacerbate his symptoms. The Psychiatric Security Review Board urges anyone who sees Ziemlak to call police immediately, but not to approach him.

He was convicted of murdering his mother, who was shot twice in the head in her home in 2004.

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