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DHS news release

Feb. 14, 2007

Contact: Jim Sellers 503-945-5738

Forensic patient reported on unauthorized leave from state hospital in Salem

A 38-year-old forensic patient was reported on unauthorized leave Wednesday night from Oregon State Hospital after he scaled a fence on the Salem campus.

The patient, Gino Puglisi, was reported missing at about 8:25 p.m. after he escaped while walking through a fenced area between a gymnasium and an outdoor exercise area.

Police were immediately notified, and hospital workers also were searching for Puglisi, whom hospital officials said sometimes goes by Terrance Anthony Puglisi. He is a white male, 5-foot-11, 192 pounds, with short brown hair, blue eyes, and an eagle tattoo on his left shoulder and a scorpion tattoo on his right ankle. When last seen he was wearing blue jeans and a charcoal-colored jacket. He lost one shoe going over the fence, hospital officials said.

He was admitted to the state hospital on July 1, 2004, on a Columbia County conviction for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, attempting to elude a police officer and reckless driving.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of the patient is asked to call Oregon State Police at 800-452-7888 or a local law enforcement agency.