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Vance Mey, second from left, escaped from the North Dakota State Hospital Monday and was captured half an hour later.

NDSH patient escapes, is captured after 30 minutes

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news Jamestown, 58401
Jamestown North Dakota 121 3rd St NW 58401

An escapee from the North Dakota State Hospital had about 30 minutes of freedom this morning.

Vance Mey, 18, a resident of the secure services unit at the State Hospital escaped at about 9:30 a.m. and was captured by law enforcement officers about 10 a.m. in a ravine along the Buffalo Scenic Road.

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Scott Edinger, Jamestown police chief, credited a tip from the public for locating Mey quickly and said he surrendered without incident.

"He was soaking wet and it's about 50 degrees out," Edinger said. "He didn't put up a fight."

Edinger said Mey was returned to the State Hospital.

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