Oregon man convicted of murdering mom found, arrested in Pasadena


Thaddeus Ziemlak escaped on January 5

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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – An Oregon resident who was convicted of murder in the death of his mother was found in Pasadena, California after he escaped from the supervision of the Psychiatric Security Review Board nearly a month prior.

The Register-Guard reports the board sent a notice Thursday asking for the public’s help to find 36-year-old Thaddeus Ziemlak. He was convicted of killing his mother in her Eugene home in 2004. Authorities say Ziemlak has a history of escape from PSRB custody and was transferred to Pendleton in 2019.

Ziemalk was last seen 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.

Pasadena police found and took him into custody around 8 p.m. on Tuesday. Ziemlak is currently being held under a temporary felony warrant issued through the Umatilla County District Attorney’s Office.

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