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SC man accused in double murder captured after escaping facility

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COLUMBIA, S.C. -

The man who escaped from a mental health facility in Columbia Thursday has been captured in Tennessee, according to WLTX in Columbia.

A spokesman for the South Carolina Department of Mental Health said Jason Mark Carter, 39, was arrested Friday in Tennessee.

The spokesman says state troopers found him at a motel on Interstate 40 in Williamson County.  That's southwest of Nashville.

Carter was arrested without incident, according to WLTX.

Carter was accused of killing his mother and stepfather and locking their bodies along with himself in the basement of a home on Meldau Road in March of 2006.

He was placed in the Columbia Care Center in northeast Columbia.  Department of Mental Health officials say he was noticed missing Thursday between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Carter is described as a 39 year old white male standing 5'10", weighing 165 pounds with hazel eyes and brown hair. He was last seen wearing a black coat with a black and white sweater and brown cargo pants.

Officials say he may be driving a stolen 1991 white Chevy van with tag number SG61580 with the number 244 on the bumper.  Investigators say this vehicle was noticed missing from the facility around the same time as Carter.

Mark Binkley with the Department of Mental Health says an internal investigation is underway into how Carter escaped.

Binkley says patients in Carter's program are supposed to be supervised constantly by staff.

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