COQUITLAM — One of two patients missing from the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital in Port Coquitlam has returned.
According to officials with the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), Gregory Owen Schleen, 49, was picked up by police without incident in Vancouver and returned to the hospital on Aug. 3.
The PHSA did not provide any more details related to Schleen’s disappearance or return.
He went missing from the hospital while on a day pass back on May 24.
Schleen was supposed to be at the Coast Cottages on the Riverview Hospital site later that morning but never showed up.
The PHSA also said it is still working to find the other missing patient, David Fomradas.
“Forensic Psychiatric Services (FPS) and the RCMP are working closely together in an effort to locate Mr. Fomrades so that he can continue to receive appropriate treatment and supervision,” said a PHSA spokesperson in an e-mail to The NOW.
Fomradas, 34, went missing a couple of days prior to Schleen, also while out on an unescorted day pass.
The pair’s disappearance sparked two reviews of the hospital’s unescorted day-pass program and an outcry from politicians and residents in the community.
The hospital also temporarily suspended the program until an internal review was complete.
The PHSA noted following the review in July, which found the hospital to be in compliance with all policies and procedures, day passes were reinstated.
“Recommendations to enhance policies and streamline information for leave requests were also implemented,” said the PHSA spokesperson.
“For example, additional clinical information will accompany leave requests, and more information about destinations will be collected and stored for future reference. Additionally, Forensic Psychiatric Hospital began an external review of its policies and processes regarding community access for its patients.”
The authority said the review is ongoing.
The PHSA also added that any patient found to be on unauthorized absence would need to re-apply for privileges, including community access.
Fomradas is the man behind a bizarre carjacking in 2009 involving Vancouver actress Carly Pope.
In both cases, the RCMP noted the patients' mental history and warned the public to not approach them, and instead call police.
In the case of Schleen, it wasn’t the first time he'd gone missing from the hospital, as he also did so in 2009.
Officials with the hospital insisted the two men are not a danger to the public and such incidents are rare.
Though PHSA officials did not indicate where Schleen had been while on the lam, he was noted to have friends and family along the Sunshine Coast and on Vancouver Island.
At the time of the disappearances, Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart requested a meeting between the city and hospital officials, while the Kwikwetlem First Nation expressed its own concerns.
The band said it has been in fear of such events since the hospital re-opened in 1997, noting several families live beside the hospital.
The band also questioned why it wasn't informed specifically of Fomradas' disappearance until two days later.