Correctional Service of Canada

Correctional Service of Canada

October 18, 2006 23:57 ET

Correctional Service of Canada: Inmate Escapes From Minimum Security Grierson Centre

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 18, 2006) - At approximately 8:00 PM on September 30, a minimum security inmate could not be found at the Grierson Centre. A search of the building, surrounding complex and grounds was made but did not locate the inmate. Police were notified. The inmate was last seen at the Centre during an institutional count at 7:55 PM on September 30.

The missing inmate is DENIS THERIAULT, 40 years old, serving a two year, sentence for Theft Under, Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Break Enter with Intent, and Possession of Property Obtained by Crime. His sentence commenced on November, 04, 2005. He is 182 cm tall (six feet), weighs 99 kilograms (199 lbs.) and has a fair complexion with brown eyes and brown hair.

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of THERIAULT is asked to contact police.

The Grierson Centre is a minimum security institution that accommodates 30 inmates. Grierson Centre is part of the Grierson Complex located at 9530 101 Avenue in downtown Edmonton.

Minimum security offenders are those who have been assessed as presenting a low escape risk, low risk to the public in the event of an escape and who display progress in dealing with identified problem areas through correctional plan participation.

This is the third escape from the Centre this year. Last year there was one escape.

The Correctional Service of Canada will be conducting a full investigation into the circumstances surrounding this escape.

Contact Information

  • Correctional Service of Canada
    Frank Winkfein
    Director, Grierson Centre
    (780) 495-4803