Attempted murder convict escapes Oregon State Hospital

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon State Police are looking for an escaped Oregon State Hospital patient said to be heading southbound on Interstate 5.

According to Police, Christopher Lee Pray, 39, was in custody at Multnomah County jail for multiple charges, including attempted aggravated murder, when he was transferred to Oregon State Hospital in Salem on August 30.

At around 10:45 p.m. August 30, OSP says Pray stole a white 2016 Dodge Caravan with license plate E265614 and dodged law enforcement to escape.

Pray’s location is unknown at this time.  He was last seen heading southbound on Interstate 5.  At the time of his escape, he was fully restrained with leg shackles, a belly chain, handcuffs, and a restraint connecting all three together.

Pray was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, maroon sweatpants, and black rubber slippers.  He is 6 feet tall and approximately 170 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.  He has stitches on his upper lip and a “PRAY” tattoo on his right arm.

OSP says Pray is considered extremely dangerous and should not be approached.  Police ask the public to call 911 and report any sightings of Pray or the vehicle he was driving.

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Taylar Ansures is a producer and reporter for NBC5 News. Taylar is from Redding, California and went to California State University, Chico. After graduating, she joined KRCR News Channel 7 in Redding as a morning producer. She moved to Southern Oregon in 2022 to be closer to family and became KTVL News 10’s digital producer. Taylar is currently finishing her Master's Degree in Professional Creative Writing through the University of Denver. In her free time, Taylar frequents independent bookstores and explores hiking trails across Southern Oregon and Northern California.
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