A killer convicted of murdering his own mother managed to escape from under the supervision of the Psychiatric Security Review Board.
Thaddeus Ziemlak, the 36-year-old escaped killer, left his residential facility the morning of January 5. The excursion was a planned community outing from which he was scheduled to return at 2:30 pm.
However, Ziemlak failed to return to the residence.
Subsequently, the review board released a notice. The Eugene Police Department then forwarded the notice, requesting public assistance in finding Ziemlak.
Ziemlak stands 5 feet 10 inches, weighing approximately 170 pounds, with green eyes, and light brown hair. He wears glasses, and at the time of his disappearance, wore a zip-up black hoodie sweatshirt, blue jeans, black tennis shoes, and beanie-style black hat. Notably, Ziemlak’s face features scars from acne, forming pockmarks across his cheeks.
The police also mentioned he carried a black backpack when he went missing, and generally walks with his head hung.
Most importantly, the notice explains not to interact with Ziemlak. They consider the killer dangerous and therefore recommend staying away. Instead, if seen, police request individuals to call them immediately.
The Killer’s Crime
Ziemlak’s conviction followed the murder of his mother in February of 2004. Police responded to an emergency call from his mother. In the call, Joyce Zeimlak informed dispatch her son armed himself with a rifle and threatened to kill her.
Law enforcement arrived to discover her body. In the brief interim between the phone call and their arrival, Thaddeus shot his mother with the rifle twice in the head, killing her.
Then 20-year-old Zeimlak faced murder charges for the crime. However, in September of the same year, court records show he was found guilty except for insanity.
Therefore, he was placed into the custody of the Oregon Psychiatric Review Board instead of facing prison time.
Since his conviction, Thaddeus twice escaped custody, once in November of 2006, and again in November of 2009. In the first case, during an approved visit to a sporting goods store in Salem, Ziemlak slipped away from his supervising hospital staff member.
The details of the second escape are unknown, though both times saw his return without incident.
If you encounter Thaddeus Zeimlak, don’t engage. Call police immediately.