Walkaway patient back at Oregon State Hospital

SALEM, Ore. (KOIN) — A 60-year-old psychiatric patient who walked away from the Oregon State Hospital was found and returned to the facility on Sunday, more than a day after he left.

There are four cottages with 26 patients on the grounds of the state hospital, and they’re more like group homes. They are for patients who are getting ready to be let out into the community.

These cottages are not locked.

“We always have at least two staff per cottage, and we have alarms on the doors and the windows, and we have chimes, like a doorbell, if someone leaves,” said the hospital’s Rebeka Gipson-King. She said the investigation is looking into how Page could have left without anyone noticing.

Gregory Page was one of four patients in a cottage along with hospital staff when he walked out around 6:30 a.m. Saturday.

Hospital staff went looking for him and just missed him at a nearby Denny’s Restaurant. Later, some of his belongings turned up in a Corvallis grocery store, and he was brought to a Corvallis hospital after medics were called to a local park.

One of the patient cottages at the Oregon State Hospital in Salem, March 31, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
One of the patient cottages at the Oregon State Hospital in Salem, March 31, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

Police said he gave them a different name, but a doctor suspected he was the missing patient.

Page is getting close to the end of his 20-year sentence under the Psychiatric Security Review Board. He was sentenced there after pleading guilty to attempted murder except for insanity.

“One of the things people need to understand is that people don’t come to the hospital for a punishment,” Gipson-King said. They come for treatment, she said.

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