UPDATE: All escaped patients from mental institution in custody after search in Marion


MARION, Va. (WJHL) – UPDATE – All three of the patients who fled from Southwestern Virginia Mental Health Institute in Marion, Virginia are in custody.

According to Marion Police Chief John Clair, the three men were captured around 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning near the train depot in Rural Retreat, which is in Wythe County.

The patients are not yet back at SVMHI in Marion, but they are in the process of being transported back.

Chief Clair told News Channel 11 all three were wanted under a “return warrant: for mental health care.

Each of the three was receiving standard mental health care.

Chief Clair says at the time of their escape, the men were considered “primarily a danger to themselves.”

Stay with News Channel 11 online and on-air for updates.

A search is underway in Marion, Va after three patients fled from Southwestern Virginia Mental Health Institute, according to Town of Marion Public Information Officer Ken Heath.

A new release states agencies across Smyth County have established a perimeter and are using search dogs.

“The investigation found that the event was coordinated and preplanned, and authorities believe the subjects likely were transported out of the area by vehicle,” Heath said.

“Authorities say the patients are primarily considered at risk for self harm,” Heath said. The patients are identified as:

  • Jay Scott Reed, 28, from Radford Last seen wearing red shirt, black jacket, and black shoes.
  • Derek Allen Malcolm, 26, from Pulaski County, last seen wearing grey sweat pants
  • David Adam Willis, 32, from Wise County, last seen wearing jeans, hoodie, black shoes and white long sleeve shirt.

Anyone with any information on any of these individuals is asked to call Smyth County Dispatch at 276-783-7204.

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