Patient who escaped Pembroke Pines mental health facility found by Georgia police

PEMBROKE PINES, FLA. (WSVN) - A patient who escaped a mental health hospital facility in Pembroke Pines has been located by Georgia police, Wednesday, officials said.

Pembroke Pines Police said 47-year-old Genevieve Mittermaier has been located safely in Georgia after escaping the day before.

According to the Pembroke Pines Police, Mittermaier is a patient at the South Florida State Hospital facility, located at 800 East Cypress Drive in Pembroke Pines.


Officials said she was court ordered and admitted involuntarily to the facility due to her mental health status, but around 4 p.m. Tuesday, Mittermaier allegedly escaped with the help of an accomplice who picked her up in a BMW.

Employees at the hospital told police that the patient was seen on a wireless phone before the vehicle arrived on scene. The driver, employees told police, exited the black vehicle, which had a California license plate, and threw a rope ladder over the fence so the patient could escape.

Investigators believe the driver is 55-year-old David Sankey.

She then got into the BMW, with the tag 4RQL732, and fled the scene.

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