Committed Oconeean escapes mental health facility

January 2, 2014
File photo of Jason Mark Carter

File photo of Jason Mark Carter

Police in Oconee County have been notified of the escape of a man who was committed to a mental health facility after being found incompetent to stand trial in the 2006 murder of his mother and stepfather. Law Enforcement throughout the state are on the lookout for 39 year-old Jason Mark Carter. He is described as a white male, 5’10″, 165 pounds with hazel eyes and brown hair. He was last seen wearing a black coat with a black and white sweater underneath and brown cargo pants. Police say Carter may be in a stolen 1991 white Chevy van, tag number SG61580, with the number 244 on the bumper. In March of 2006, Oconee police were dispatched to Meldau Road in Seneca where they found the bodies of Kevin and Debra Ann Perkins. The bodies were found inside a locked basement room. Carter was found in the room with the bodies. Carter has been in a mental health facility in Columbia since being found incompetent to stand trial for the killings. Police are asking anyone with information on Carter’s whereabouts to call the Sheriff’s Office at 864-638-4111, Crime Stoppers at 1-888-Crime-SC, or any local law enforcement agency.

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