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Paul search cost Sheriff’s Office $37,000

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office will submit a $37,000 bill to the state for the cost of hunting down escaped Eastern State Hospital patient Phillip Paul.

The manhunt, which involved a team of deputies and the Sheriff’’s Office helicopter, began Sept. 17 when Paul walked away from a hospital field trip at the Spokane Interstate Fair, said Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich. Paul was captured Saturday afternoon in rural Klickitat County.

“We’ll bill the governor, and she can work out where she wants to send the bill,” Knezovich said.