camh buildings at 1001 Queen St. W. in Toronto on Tuesday July 23, 2019.
For at least the ninth time in just over eight weeks, CAMH has lost a patient.
And in a rare move, while not directly mentioning the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto Police acknowledged in an alert issued Saturday that the man went “missing” from a “medical facility.”
“Robert McNamara, 59, was last seen on Friday, August 2, 2019, at approximately 1:30 p.m., at a medical facility in the Queen Street West and Ossington Street area,” police say in a news release.
No further details were immediately released by police regarding the missing man.
However, CAMH issued a statement saying McNamara is not a forensic patient — meaning he is not among those ordered by the courts to be detained at the mental health facility after being found not criminally responsible (NCR) for a crime.
CAMH has been under fire for its inability to keep track of patients since Zhebin Cong — a man who was deemed NCR for killing his roommate with a meat cleaver five years ago — vanished after being allowed to venture out into the community unaccompanied on July 3.
It’s believed the 47-year-old hopped a flight to China the same day. But the public only learned Cong was missing on July 15 when police issued an appeal for help locating him.
CAMH has ordered an external review to be conducted that will examine its policies and procedures regarding the granting of community passes to forensic patients.
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McNamara is described as a 5-foot-7, about 115 pounds, with a thin build, salt and pepper hair, a full beard, receding hairline and brown eyes.
He was last seen wearing a navy T-shirt, black pants and flip-flops.
“Police are concerned for his safety,” the news release states. “If seen do not approach, call 911.”
Anyone with information regarding McNamara’s whereabouts is urged to call police at 416-808-1400 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
Toronto Police have issued nine public alerts in just over eight weeks for people “missing” from the area of Queen St. W. and Ossington Ave. — some of whom have been violent forensic patients from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH):
JUNE 4: An alert was issued for Kleiton Da Silva, 44, who had left the custody of the mental facility May 29. He was found not criminally responsible (NCR) after stabbing two men, killing one, a decade earlier. He was on an indirectly supervised pass on hospital grounds when he escaped and allegedly committed two violent robberies.
JUNE 21: An alert was issued stating Gail Anne Steele, 58, was last seen June 20. She has since been found.
JUNE 24: An alert was issued stating Bridget Bourne, 46, who had not been seen since June 10, had been located.
JULY 4: An alert was issued for Akeem McLean Charley, 28, who was last seen July 3. He has since been found.
JULY 15: An alert was issued for Zhebin Cong, 47, who was last seen July 3. He was deemed NCR after killing his roommate with a meat cleaver five years ago but was allowed to leave CAMH on an unaccompanied pass. Authorities believe he boarded a flight to China.
JULY 16: An alert was issued stating Geoffrey George Le Feuvre, 68, who was last seen on July 14, had been located. Court records show he had, on at least one occasion, been transferred from the general forensic unit to CAMH’s secure wing for repeatedly violating hospital rules, including smoking crack cocaine in the facility.
JULY 22: An alert was issued for Ahmed Sualim, 27, who was located later that day. He was ordered held on a detention order at CAMH last year after being found NCR for a string of 2012 armed robberies.
JULY 30: An alert was issued for Anthony Murdock, 45, who was on an accompanied pass when he walked away from his CAMH escort. He was deemed NCR for a sexual offence in 2002 and also went missing from CAMH in November 2017. Murdock was found three days later in Brampton.
AUG. 4: An alert was issued for Robert McNamara, 59, who was last seen Friday at “a medical facility” near Queen At. W. and Ossington Ave. a day earlier.9 CommentsShare your thoughts