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NDSH patient escapes, is captured after 30 minutes

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

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.

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.