COQUITLAM — Another patient has gone missing from the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital in Port Coquitlam.
Charles Albert Hansen, 60, was reported missing Thursday (Nov. 22) as an unauthorized absence from the facility.
A Canada-wide warrant has been issued for him for being unlawfully at large.
He is the fourth patient to go missing from the hospital since May of this year.
And in this case, Hansen is the second person to go missing from the facility as an unauthorized absence in three months.
But it appears this incident is the final straw for the Kwikwetlem First Nation, whose members live just a few hundred feet from the hospital.
Chief Ron Giesbrecht said the band was not notified about Hansen’s disappearance from the hospital, noting he only heard about it through the media at 1 p.m. Friday.
“This is unacceptable,” he told The NOW.
“I’ve got elders in the community and kids in the community, and anything can happen to them.”
Giesbrecht said he’s met with hospital staff about the issue in the past, but little has changed.
He is calling for major changes to personnel working at the hospital, and asking Premier Christy Clark to step in to do so.
“I’ve got no faith in the building next door at all anymore,” he said, adding the hospital has only notified the band of a missing patient within an hour once in the last 30 years.
“We’re five minutes away from them. As soon as they know something happens, they should automatically notify us because we’re the first community to them.”
The Provincial Health Services Authority, which oversees the hospital, released the following statement when asked for comment by The NOW.
“As a specialized hospital we are bound by provisions related to patient confidentiality, so we can’t go into detail about individual patient circumstances,” the statement read.
“It is standard procedure to inform police whenever a patient is missing and that was done in this case. Staff at the hospital are working closely with the RCMP to locate this patient so that he can continue to receive appropriate treatment and supervision.”
Earlier this year, two patients went missing on unescorted day passes. David Fomradas, 34, and Gregory Schleen, 49, went missing from the hospital within days of each other back in May.
Schleen was picked up by Vancouver police in August, while Fomradas remains at large.
In September, Matthew Mikolajczyk, 29, was reported missing from the hospital as an unauthorized absence.
Police picked him up a few hours later in Vancouver.
As for Hansen, who remains missing from the hospital as of 2 p.m. Friday, police are warning people not to approach him and instead to call the nearest police department or 911.
He is described as a white man, standing five feet six inches tall, weighing 144 pounds, and balding with grey hair.
Hansen was last seen wearing a blue winter jacket, a green-and-white long-sleeved shirt, blue jeans and white runners.