Escapee from Southeast Missouri Mental Health Center Back in Custody

JULY 23, 2004 - Posted at 8:32 a.m. CDT

FARMINGTON, MO - An escapee from the Southeast Missouri Mental Health Center in Farmington is back in custody.

Marcus Engesser ran away from the facility around 6:30 yesterday morning.  He was captured at around 7:30 last night.

Engesser originally was convicted in 2001 in St. Joseph and sentenced to four years in prison for felonious restraint.  He was imprisoned at the Farmington Correctional Center, where he was accused of assaulting two correctional officers.

A judge ruled Engesser unfit to stand trial and ordered psychiatric evaluations at the mental health center.  It wasn't clear how long he had been at the mental health center before the escape.

The escape was the second in about a month at the center.

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