Psychiatric patient escapes hospital

A 37-year-old female patient escaped from the Whitehorse General Hospital’s secure medical unit on Sunday afternoon. Whitehorse RCMP, a police services dog, auxiliary constables and the Whitehorse district search and rescue team were all called to search for the woman.

A 37-year-old female patient escaped from the Whitehorse General Hospital’s secure medical unit on Sunday afternoon.

Whitehorse RCMP, a police services dog, auxiliary constables and the Whitehorse district search and rescue team were all called to search for the woman.

So far, she has not been found.

The patient is not aggressive, according to a hospital press release.

But she is at risk of harming herself.

Security cameras caught the patient leaving through the main entrance of the hospital at 2:37 p.m. She ran down hospital road and crossed toward the visitor’s parking lot before leaving the camera’s range.

A missing patient alert – a code yellow – was called at 2:45 p.m. and the RCMP was notified at 3:30 p.m.

Police concentrated their search around the hillside area adjacent to the hospital.

There, they were able to pick up tracks ascending the nearby escarpment. The tracks then circled down and led behind the hospital, where the trail went cold.

Crews are continuing their search today in the downtown core and along the river.

The patient is four-foot eight-inches tall, 95 pounds and is Caucasian with short brown unkempt hair.

She was wearing blue hospital pajamas consisting of a button up shirt and elastic waist trousers, hospital booties, a white cable knit sweater and a double-layered white or cream coloured toque.

She may have also been carrying a blue bible.

Anyone who may have seen this person is asked to contact the Whitehorse RCMP.

Contact Chris Oke at chriso@yukon-news.com

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