A routine inmate count done at the Dorchester Penitentiary in New Brunswick last night at 10 PM revealed some pretty haunting news. Steven Bugden, a man who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in 1997 could not be accounted for. The last time his whereabouts were known to the prison staff was at Wednesday 4 PM during the inmates recreational time. According to the RCMP, the police were immediately contacted.
Bugden, who is serving a life sentence for the murder of a 22-year-old Carleton University student who he stabbed 19 times in March 1997, has still remained at large.
The RCMP have said that they have a warrant out for his arrest and Dorchester Penitentiary staff say that they are taking this very seriously. Already, police dogs have searched the area surrounding the prison however they don't know where Bugden has gone.
Emile Belliveau, the assistant warden at Dorchester Penitentiary says that he thinks this is more of a 'walk-out' than an actual prison break.
"There's no walls that separate this sector from the community … this is the last step for them to be introduced into the society," he said.
Belliveau says Bugden was living in a minimum security space because he was deemed low risk to the public. However his current houdini act might say otherwise.
The RCMP is asking that anyone who sees him contact police immediately and do not approach. You can contact Sackville RCMP at 506-364-5023 or 9-1-1. Information can also be provided anonymously through Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), texting TIP212 + your message to 'CRIMES' (274637).