Norman Gilbert Reil

RCMP are searching for Norman Gilbert Reil, 41, following his escape from the Mission Federal Institution. (RCMP)

RCMP are looking for a convicted murderer who escaped from a federal institution in Mission, B.C., by getting into a waiting SUV and riding away.

Norman Gilbert Riel, 41, was serving a life sentence for the second-degree murder of Patrick Pugh in East Vancouver.

He was one of a group of masked men who stormed Pugh's apartment in 1994 and shot him at close range in the back of the head.

Riel fled to Las Vegas, where he told an undercover officer details of the murder. He also has a several convictions for robbery and firearms offences.

Police are not saying how  he escaped from the medium and minimum security facility, only that he was observed getting into a waiting white Suburban. No license plate was obtained.

RCMP are asking anyone who knows where Riel is to call Crimestoppers for a reward of up to $2,000.

Riel  is described as:

  • Male, 41 years of age.
  • Metis.
  • 5'8' and 210 lbs.
  • Long brown hair, possibly tied in a bun.
  • Brown eyes.