Southwest Virginia Mental Health Institute Escapees

Three residents are now safely in custody after escaping from the Southwest Virginia Mental Health Institute earlier this week. Among them is David Willis, age 32 of Wise County. In response to the facility asking for help to locate them, Marion Police, along with other agencies set up a perimeter and conducted an in depth search using both dogs and foot patrols. None of the subjects were found during the initial search. Officials then determined that the escaped trio most likely had preplanned the escape and were most likely aided by someone with a car transporting them out of the area.

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