Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Oconee County deputies say a man charged in two killingshas escaped from a Columbia mental health facility.
Deputies notified the public Thursday afternoonthat Jason Mark Carter, 39, was unaccounted for. A representative for the South Carolina Department of Mental Health confirmedCarter left the facility, and that theynotifiedthe State Law Enforcement Division Thursday morning.
Richland County deputies say the escape happened off Farrow Road.
Mental health department spokesman Mark Binkley told the Associated Press that Carterwas working at a supply business on the hospital's campus. He says an investigation is underway to determine how the involuntarily committed patient got away.
Back in 2006, Oconee deputies said Carterkilled his mother, Debra AnnPerkins,and his stepfather, KevinPerkins. Their bodies were found in a basement at their home while Carter was inside the residence.
In 2009, a judge found him not guilty by reason of insanity, and he was committed to a mental facility.
SLED agents say Carter requires medication and may be dangerous to himself or to others.
Carter is 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs165 pounds. He has hazel eyes and brown hair. He was last seen wearing a black coat with a black and white sweater underneath and brown cargo pants.
SLED agents say he may be driving a white Chevrolet van which he stole from mental health property. It has atag of SG61580 with the number 244 on the bumper.
Agents say his biological father lives in North Carolina and he has other family in Greenville, and he could be headed to those locations.
Anyone with information should call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC, or e-mail a tip in to www.midlandscrimestoppers.com. You can also text information in by texting "TIPSC" plus your message to CRIMES (274637). Either way you choose, your identity will remain anonymous, and you could be eligible for a cash reward.