Court documents detail contraband found in Arkansas State Hospital escape
LITTLE ROCK (KATV) —
KATV has learned new details of the Arkansas State Hospital therapist and patient who escaped the hospital in March.
According to an affidavit filed in the Pulaski County District Court, several contraband items were found inside of Cory Chapin’s room, while Michelle Messer got rid of a backpack in case they searched her office.
On March 20th when Chapin and Messer escaped from the Arkansas State Hospital, law enforcement were called to a unit in reference to contraband found.
Inside of Chapin's room is where they found a cellphone, bottles of vaping liquid, USB power banks and cables along with a clear plastic bag containing 21 unknown capsules according to the affidavit.
At first, Chapin reportedly lied to police and told them a former nurse gave him the items, but turns out his roommate told police that Chapin had actually received everything from Messer, a licensed clinical examiner.
Following the investigation, police determined the contraband was brought into the state hospital when Chapin was checked in. At the time, a backpack containing those items was placed in the police property room until a doctor's orders allowed the backpack to be released to Chapin's father.
A staff member had placed the bag in his office waiting to give it to the father, but Messer who had access to that office and spent unusually long extended periods of time with the door shut while conducting consolations with Chapin.
Court documents state this gave Messer the opportunity to take the backpack. On that same morning, shortly before escaping, Messer gave the backpack to a friend, who told police, she had to keep it because they were going to search Chapin's room and that she needed the backpack out of her office if they searched it as well.
It appears Messer also bought a pair of jeans and had them shipped to Chapin according to the court documents.
It is still unknown what exactly the relationship between Chapin and Messer was, outside of clinical consultations.
Less than a week after escaping, the pair was caught in Nevada.
Chapin is back in the state hospital, while Messer is out on bond pending a July court date.