BANGOR, Maine — Personnel from the Maine State Police, the Bangor Police Department and the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department converged in Bangor early Tuesday evening to search for a murder suspect who left Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center without permission.
William Hall, 29, of Bangor, who has been undergoing evaluation at the mental health facility, last was seen jumping a fence about 7:40 p.m., Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland confirmed late Tuesday.
McCausland and Bangor police Lt. Tom Reagan said police still were searching as of 9:30 p.m.
Hall was arrested on June 15 in connection with the June 9 death of Melvin F. Abreu, 28. Hall told police last week that he strangled Abreu and then threw him out of his second-story window at 96 Fourth St., according to court documents.
“He should be considered dangerous,” McCausland said.
McCausland said more than a dozen officers, as well as tracking dogs, are involved in the search and that they are concentrating on areas within walking distance.
Hall last was seen running toward State Street in the vicinity of Cascade Park and the Ronald McDonald House, McCausland said. He is described as having dirty blond hair tied in a ponytail. He was wearing navy blue shorts and a white T-shirt at the time of his escape. He was not wearing shoes.
Anyone with information should call the Bangor Police Department at 947-7382, ext. 0.