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Manhunt underway in Olympic National Forest

  • Written by Bob Kirkpatrick

UPDATE 09/13/19

Mark David Vannausdle was apprehended safely and without incident at 7:37 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 13, at a location less than 2 miles from the Olympic Corrections Center (OCC). According to a DOC press release, Vannausdle will receive a medical assessment and then be interviewed and transported to a state correctional facility. 

FORKS — Mark David VannausdleLaw enforcement agencies along with Washington Department of Corrections personnel are searching for an inmate who escaped from Olympic Corrections Center near Forks.

State corrections officials say 60-year-old Mark David Vannausdle slipped away from the minimum-security facility while he was on his way to the dinning area shortly before 7 a.m. Sunday morning.

Vannausdle was serving a 20-year sentence after being convicted of first-degree assault and armed robbery in Pierce County in 2002.

According to a DOC press release, the search is concentrating on the Olympic National Forest that surrounds the correction center.

Sunday’s escape wasn’t the first time Vannausdle has endeavored to give authorities the slip. Court records show he pleaded guilty to attempted escape from the McNeil Island Corrections Center after an officer discovered a 10-foot-long ladder made of shoelaces and wood scraps among his personal items.

Officials are warning people not to approach Vannausdle if they see him, and to call 911 immediately if they do.

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