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Robert Raymond Dezwaan, Convicted Killer, Escaped From Mission Institution

04/15/2017 09:11 EDT | Updated 04/15/2017 09:32 EDT

MISSION, B.C. — A convicted killer who went missing from the minimum security unit of the Mission Institution in British Columbia has been recaptured.

The Correctional Service of Canada says Robert Raymond Dezwaan, 53, was arrested by Fraser Valley RCMP at about 11:15 a.m. Saturday.

Dezwaan had been missing since Friday afternoon, when prison staff discovered he wasn't accounted for and immediately contacted the RCMP.

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Dezwaan, of Kelowna, B.C., was serving a life sentence with no chance of parole for 15 years after being convicted of second degree murder in 2003.

He was found guilty of strangling 16-year-old Cherish Oppenheim in Merrit, B.C. in 2001, and leaving her body in a wooded area.

The correctional service says it's investigating the circumstance around his escape, and ensuring public safety remains a priority.

Dezwaan's son, Kruse Wellwood, is serving a life sentence for the 2010 rape and murder of Langford, B.C. teen Kimberly Proctor.

(News1130/The Canadian Press)

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