LAKEWOOD, Wash. (AP) — Law enforcement officials say a man who escaped from a psychiatric hospital in western Washington has been spotted in the Spokane area.

The Spokesman-Review reports authorities are searching for Anthony Garver in a heavily-wooded area in Spokane's East Valley using a SWAT team, police dogs and helicopters.

Authorities say they received information previously that Garver may have hidden a cache of weapons in the area. Garver was accused of murder three years ago but found mentally incompetent to stand trial.

Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich described the search as "a pretty intense situation."