ALDERSON, W. Va. — Lynette (Squeaky) Fromme, serving a life sentence for the attempted assassination of then-President Gerald R. Ford, escaped Wednesday night from the Alderson Federal Prison for Women, officials said.
Fromme, 39, was discovered missing at about 9:30 p.m., half an hour after the nightly prison check, said Associate Warden Maureen Atwood.
"At first we thought she might be hiding here someplace," Atwood said. She said local, state and federal authorities, including the Secret Service, had been notified of Fromme's disappearance.
Fromme, a follower of mass murderer Charles Manson, was convicted of trying to assassinate Ford in a September, 1975, incident in Sacramento, the first of two attempts on Ford's life. He was unharmed when a Secret Service agent grabbed the pistol aimed at him by Fromme.