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November 17, 2005
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Police capture escaped Pa. murderer

By Erin L. Nissley

Police have captured a convicted murderer who escaped from corrections officers Wednesday morning during a visit to Altoona Hospital.

Few details were released about the 1:52 p.m. capture of 29-year-old Christopher Gerlach, who was serving a life sentence for second-degree murder at the State Correctional Institution at Houtzdale.

Gerlach escape from the hospital at about 10:58 a.m. and stole a purple PT Cruiser. Police from Altoona, Logan Township and state police participated in the manhunt.

Details about Gerlach's capture will be posted on (  as they are available. Pick up tomorrow's Centre Daily Times for more information.

 State College Centre Daily Times (

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