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Man Charged In Bath Salts Case Escapes Va. Mental Hospital

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WAYNESBORO, Va. (AP) - Authorities are on the lookout for a man who took off from Western State Hospital.

Waynesboro Police Sgt. Brian Edwards says that his department got a call about Joseph Henschel's escape early Tuesday morning. Edwards said that it's unclear why Henschel was being held in Western State, a psychiatric facility in Staunton.

Police charged the 34-year-old Waynesboro man in March with stealing an Augusta County school bus and crashing it into a Waynesboro business to steal stimulant drugs called bath salts. Authorities said he was under the influence of bath salts during the incident.

Edwards says that a grand jury is scheduled to consider the case against Henschel on Monday.

A Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services spokeswoman confirmed an escape but declined to identify the patient.

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