Wednesday, February 7: Sackville RCMP are investigating the escape of an inmate from the minimum security unit at Dorchester Penitentiary.
At 10pm Wednesday night, Correctional officers conducted a count of all inmates & discovered 45-year-old Steven Budgen, serving indeterminate time for second-degree murder, was not present.
Authorities were notified asap.
Cst. Dan Hilchie reports: The facility was searched by correctional officers while RCMP, with the assistance of a police dog, searched the surrounding area but Steven Bugden was not located. He is described as Caucasian with a fair complexion, 165 cm (5’5″) tall and weighing approximately 85 kg (188 lbs.). He has blond hair and blue eyes.
If you see Steven Bugden, do not approach and contact police immediately. You can contact Sackville RCMP at 506-364-5023 or 9-1-1. Information can also be provided anonymously through Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), texting TIP212 + your message to ‘CRIMES’ (274637), or by Secure Web Tips at www.crimenb.ca.