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FRIDAY PM UPDATE: Jeffrey Appelt was arrested just before noon, Friday. He was the passenger in a vehicle stopped by police near Philomath. He's charged with Unauthorized Departure, and was booked at the Benton County Jail.

 

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SALEM, OR -- A 28-year-old psychiatric patient walked away from the Oregon State Hospital in Salem, Thursday. Jeffrey Appelt is considered dangerous. Anyone who sees him should not approach him and call 911 or Oregon State Police at 1-800-452-7888. 

 

Appelt was admitted to the State Hospital October third, as a civil commitment from Linn County. He was transferred from the state Department 

of Corrections after being convicted of felony in possession of a firearm and other firearms-related crimes. 

 

He was last seen Thursday at about 3:30 p.m. Two hospital staff members assigned to Appelt lost contact with him when he went to the restroom and didn't return. He's described as 6' tall, 272 lbs with brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a blue sweatshirt, khaki shorts and black/yellow sneakers. 

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