Murder suspect escapes from Maine mental hospital

June 29, 2011 - 7:59 AM

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Police in Maine are searching for a murder suspect who climbed over a fence at the state psychiatric hospital and escaped.

Twenty-nine-year-old William Hall was last seen about 7:40 p.m. Tuesday running toward Bangor's popular Cascade Park.

Bangor Deputy Police Chief Peter Arno says Hall had been placed at the Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center after he was arrested June 15. He was charged with strangling 28-year-old Melvin Abreu on June 9 and then throwing his body out a window.

Arno says the Bangor Police Department is working with the state police to find Hall. Hall was described as having a blond ponytail and wearing a dark blue sports jersey, a white T-shirt and no shoes.

Police didn't know how Hall was able to reach the facility's fence.