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Man escaped from Mendota Mental Health has Green Bay ties, officials say

Police still looking for Stowe, who was sentenced to 39 years in facility

MADISON, Wis. - Police continue to look for a man who escaped from Mendota Mental Health Tuesday night.

Madison police now have a detective assigned to Graham Stowe's case but aren't actively searching for him.

Police first used K-9s track Stowe to Waunakee but the dogs lost his scent.

Brown County authorities said he could be heading their way given how many of his friends and family live there, including his wife.

Stowe, 30, is from the Green Bay area and Brown County authorities said Stowe ended up in Mendota after he kidnapped his girlfriend and tied up her brother and father in 2004

The family said Stowe was going to kill himself in front of them.

Stowe was then admitted to Mendota and released, but violated his parole when he tried to contact his old girlfriend and was reinstated in 2007.

Police said he climbed a fence at Mendota Mental Health Tuesday night and ran off into the woods.

Stowe had community release privileges and according to his wife was in a minimum security program and could ride his bike to community events.

"Just so that they don't have anything to worry about; he would not come anywhere near me," said Nicole, Stowe's wife. "He wouldn't want to jeopardize anything that I have. I know him. I know him very well."

Stowe was found not guilty of his crimes by reason of mental defect and was sentenced to Mendota's facility for 39 years.

Stowe has brown hair and a goatee; he is about 5 foot 8 inches and 150 pounds. Stowe was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and blue jean shorts.

Madison police believe he is no longer in the area but said there were extra patrols on the north side for Wednesday night's Rhythm and Booms.

"There are upwards of 140 police officers that have been assigned in and around the park, and all those officers are keenly aware of the incident and we have a contingency to be able to deal with scenarios such as this so we feel more than prepared for tonight's event," said Howard Payne, Madison Police Department spokesman.

Man escaped from Mendota Mental Health has Green Bay ties, officials say

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