RCMP say David Blackmore escaped from custody while attending his mother’s funeral in Port Alberni.
UPDATE: On Aug. 4, at approximately 8:40 p.m., Blackmore was located and arrested without incident by RCMP.
Port Alberni RCMP are looking for a 45-year-old prisoner who escaped from custody while attending his mother’s funeral on Tuesday.
According to police, David Enease Blackmore, a Nanaimo Correctional Centre inmate, was escorted by correctional facility staff to Port Alberni in the afternoon to attend the funeral at Yates Memorial Service on 4470 Gertrude Street.
Police said during the funeral, Blackmore was allowed to pay his respects to his mother and he took the opportunity to flee out of the rear door of the funeral home.
RCMP said Blackmore’s current whereabouts are unknown. He is described as white, 6 feet (182 centimetres) and 161 pounds (73 kilograms). Police said he has brown hair, brown eyes, a goatee and a tattoo of an ice cream cone of skulls inside his left forearm. He also has a Pegasus tattoo inside his right forearm and a scorpion tattoo on his right shoulder.
Blackmore was in custody for drug offences and possession of stolen property when he escaped. Police said anyone who knows where Blackmore is or who he may be with should call police immediately or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. Anyone who sees Blackmore should call 911 and not approach him, RCMP said.