Missing Mental Patient

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Mon, May 7 2012 at 4:01 PM, Updated: Tue, May 8 2012 at 8:44 AM

A woman serving a 20 year sentence for aggravated attempted murder escaped from the Oregon State Hospital Friday, and police believe the woman may be headed to Klamath Falls.

40 year old Martie Mitchell was found 'guilty, but insane' in 2010 of attempting to kill a Klamath County Sheriff's Detective.

Sergeant Shawn Richards of the Klamath County Sheriff's Office says police are concerned that she may be headed back to Klamath Falls, and still targeting that officer...

"We've taken measures not only to locate her, because she definitely does have local ties - but also to protect the family."

Mitchell was last seen at around 10 Friday evening, when she walked away from a low security group home. 

Mitchell stands 5 foot 1, weighs 212 pounds, and has red hair and green eyes.

Whle State Police say Mitchell doesn't pose a threat, Sheriff's deputies beg to differ:  "And it is our opinion that absolutely, she is dangerous."  Noted Sergeant Richards.

Mitchell's threats to kill the detective were sparked by an investigation into drug and child abuse charges against Mitchell in 2004.  Mitchell's son and daughter were eventually placed in state custody.

About the Author

Lyle Ahrens

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.

Lyle's job history is quite colorful.  He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.

Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.  "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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