A Dane County Jail inmate declared AWOL in December was found and arrested Thursday, according to a release from the Dane County Sheriff’s Office.

John R. Ryan Jr., 28, of Fort Atkinson was released from the jail on Dec. 17 to attend school and didn’t return.

A detective learned Thursday about a scheduled appointment Ryan was going to attend and was there when Ryan arrived. He was arrested on suspicion of escape.

Ryan was serving a nine-month probation sentence for strangulation.