In this Nov. 18, 2015 file photo, a sign is shown near an entrance to Western State Hospital in Lakewood, Wash. An investigation by the Associated Press that showed that dozens of patients at the state's largest mental hospital escaped or walked away was among the top news stories in the state in 2016. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
In this Nov. 18, 2015 file photo, a sign is shown near an entrance to Western State Hospital in Lakewood, Wash. An investigation by the Associated Press that showed that dozens of patients at the state's largest mental hospital escaped or walked away was among the top news stories in the state in 2016. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File) Ted S. Warren AP
In this Nov. 18, 2015 file photo, a sign is shown near an entrance to Western State Hospital in Lakewood, Wash. An investigation by the Associated Press that showed that dozens of patients at the state's largest mental hospital escaped or walked away was among the top news stories in the state in 2016. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File) Ted S. Warren AP

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