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'Dangerous' Patient Escapes From Dorothea Dix Hospital

Posted June 3, 2004 11:03 a.m. EDT

— Raleigh police say a man who is considered a danger to himself and the public has escaped from

Dorothea Dix Hospital.

According to police, 46-year-old Richard Whitfield was granted a one-hour pass from the facility at 5 p.m. Thursday but never came back.

Police will not say why Whitfield is a patient at Dix.

Whitfield is white, with grayish-brown long hair and a full beard. He is 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighs 240 pounds.

He was last seen wearing a blue shirt and blue jeans.

Anyone with any information about Whitfield or his whereabouts is urged to call police.