Oregon man convicted of murder in mother’s death escapes custody, last seen in Pendleton

Thaddeus Ziemlak
Credit: Eugene Police Department

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon resident who was convicted of murder in the death of his mother in her Eugene home in 2004 has escaped from the supervision of the Psychiatric Security Review Board, officials said.

The Register-Guard reports the review board sent a notice Thursday asking for the public’s help to find Thaddeus Ziemlak, 36.

Ziemalk was last seen on Jan. 5, when he was leaving his residential facility in Pendleton on a planned community outing. He was due back at his residence that afternoon, but did not return.

Ziemlak is 5-foot-10-inches tall, 170 pounds with sandy brown hair, green eyes and acne scars.

When last seen, Ziemlak appeared psychiatrically stable, but is considered a danger to others, the notice reads. He has a history of drug abuse, which can exacerbate his symptoms. The Psychiatric Security Review Board urges anyone who sees Ziemlak to call police immediately and not approach him.

According to The Register-Guard archives, Zeimlak was arrested in February 2004 after his mother Joyce Zeimlak was shot twice in the head. Zeimlak was charged with murder and was found guilty except for insanity, court records show.

Ziemlak also ran away from a hospital staff member in 2006 and was later found in Wenatchee, Washington.