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UPDATE: Mendota Mental Health escapee still on the run

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MADISON (WKOW) -- As of 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Madison police say Graham Stowe is still on the run, but the best information suggests he is no longer in the immediate area.

Officers say they are not currently searching any specific area at this time, but are following up on all tips. Tuesday, a police K-9 brought authorities to quiet neighborhoods in Waunakee during their search.

"It was a little unsettling just because it's such a safe neighborhood," Savannah Village resident Jessica Duttkin tells 27 News. "The way we let our kids go out on their own and play outside and leave the doors open and they ride bikes so it's just a change from the usual," she says about the heightened sense of security in the neighborhood.

As a precaution, at least one Waunakee summer school kept kids inside during recess. The Waunakee Police Department says they fielded more than 100 calls. "People pretty upset and concerned for their safety and their children's safety," Chief Kevin Plendl says.

While the state Department of Health Services didn't release any information Wednesday about how Stowe escaped, Madison investigators determined Stowe has had previous community release privileges in the Madison area, and was last seen leaving a minimum security area Tuesday.

A criminal complaint says Stowe violated a domestic abuse restraining order in 2004. It says he tied up his ex-girlfriend along with two of her family members in their Brown County home. The complaint reveals Stowe had handcuffs and a police radio to carry out the attack.

Anyone who sees Stowe should call 911.

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Local police reported no progress early Wednesday afternoon in their search for an inmate who escaped from the Mendota Mental Health facility in Madison on Tuesday.

Police dogs tracked Graham Stowe to the Waunakee area, but the trail appears to have gone cold.  

Waunakee Police told 27 News Wednesday morning that they were still running increased patrols, but were not actively searching for Stowe, 30.

Police say Stowe apparently climbed a fence and escaped the mental health center on Troy Drive, running into woods near the facility and carrying a golf club.

He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and blue jean shorts.

Police consider Stowe dangerous and ask that anyone who sees Stowe not approach him, but instead call 911.

Stowe was serving a sentence at Mendota Mental Health for a case in Brown County. Police say he was committed for first degree reckless endangerment, intimidation of a victim, three counts of false imprisonment and bail jumping.

Officials at Mendota Mental Health initially told 27 News they would be releasing more information about Stowe's escape Wednesday afternoon, but later reported that new info would not be released today.

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Police in Madison are looking for a man they say escaped from Mendota Mental Health Institute.

They're looking for 30-year-old Graham Stowe. He's described as 5'7'' and 150 lbs. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and blue jean shorts.

He was last seen around the institute in the Troy Drive area. Police say Stowe apparently climbed a fence and ran off into the woods. Officers say Stowe may be armed with a golf club.

Stowe was serving a sentence at Mendota Mental health for a case in Brown County. Police say he was committed for first degree reckless endangerment, intimidation of a victim, three counts of false imprisonment and bail jumping.

Anyone with information on where he is should call 911.

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