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Man Accused In 2006 Seneca Murder Escapes SC Mental Facility

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Jason Mark Carter was accused of killing his mother and stepfather and locking their bodies along with himself in the basement of a home on Meldau Road in March of 2006. Jason Mark Carter was accused of killing his mother and stepfather and locking their bodies along with himself in the basement of a home on Meldau Road in March of 2006.
COLUMBIA, S.C. -
***UPDATE: Accused Killer Who Escaped SC Mental Facility Captured In TN***

A man who was found incompetent to stand trial in a 2006 murder case in Seneca escaped from a mental health facility in Columbia Thursday.

Jason Mark Carter was accused of killing his mother and stepfather and locking their bodies along with himself in the basement of a home on Meldau Road in March of 2006.

He was placed in the Columbia Care Center in northeast Columbia.  Department of Mental Health officials say he was noticed missing Thursday between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Carter is described as a 39 year old white male standing 5’10”, weighing 165 pounds with hazel eyes and brown hair. He was last seen wearing a black coat with a black and white sweater and brown cargo pants.

Officials say he may be driving a stolen 1991 white Chevy van with tag number SG61580 with the number 244 on the bumper.  Investigators say this vehicle was noticed missing from the facility around the same time as Carter.

Mark Binkley with the Department of Mental Health says an internal investigation is underway into how Carter escaped.

Binkley says patients in Carter's program are supposed to be supervised constantly by staff.

If you have any information that may help investigators, call CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

7 On Your Side went to the home where Carter was found in 2006 and spoke with the neighbor who made the call to deputies. Rosco Pund knew the couple, Debbie and Kevin Perkins so well that he knew after just a few days that there was something wrong at their home.

"One time I even saw Debbie butting the grass with a pair of scissors," said Pund.

Pund said he began to notice that the Perkins family hadn't been around and the newspaper was out in the driveway untouched, something that never happened there.

The last straw Pund told us was when a neighbor down the street who was asked to take care of the cat noticed the family may not have returned from a recent trip. That would mean the cat was left without care and that's when the Punds and another neighbor decided to call the Sheriff's office.

When deputies arrived, the Pund family said, they asked the neighbors to wait outside while they checked on the house. Deputies told the neighbors when they came back out that there was garbage everywhere and the house was very messy.

Pund said he knew his neighbors so well that he was able to tell deputies something must be wrong and that the family would never live in conditions like this.

Deputies then found Carter in a room with the bodies of his mother and stepfather.

Pund described Carter as brilliant and very well versed in Buddhist culture and nature. Pund said he was a kind person as long as he was on his medication which treated a mental illness Pund said.

Spokesperson Jimmy Watt at the Oconee County Sheriff's Office said law enforcement is distributing a photograph of Carter and asking the public to call authorities if they see him.

They say there may be extra patrols in the area where Carter lived but they mainly want people to be aware of Carter's appearance and aware he was deemed unstable. They do not want the public to become upset.



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