MADISON - A search is underway for a man who escaped from a mental institution in Madison and who has ties to our area.
No indications yet that he may be in the area, but 30-year-old Graham Stowe escaped from the Mendota Mental Health Institute Tuesday.
Stowe was being kept at the psychiatric hospital because of an incident in his former girlfriend's home in rural Brown County in 2004.
And police say that Stowe should be considered very dangerous.
The Brown County Sheriff's Department tells us agencies across the area are on alert for this man.
Nine years ago, Stowe's ex-girlfriend, Amanda Boeder, recounted her family's nightmare.
"I know God was watching over us it's not luck," Amanda Boeder told FOX 11 during an interview in February 2004.
Records show in 2004, Stowe broke into Boeder's house, tied up her brother and father and threatened to set her father on fire.
Stowe was found not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect, and sent to state mental health facilities.
According to court documents, Stowe was released in 2007, but was re-institutionalized in 2009. During a release hearing in 2010, Boeder testified she was still afraid of Stowe.
His most current residence was the Mendota Mental Health Institute in Madison.
"He does have numerous ties to the community," said Capt. Jeff Sanborn with the Brown County Sheriff's Office.
Sanborn says word spread quickly as news broke of Stowe's escape.
"We are dealing with every law enforcement agency from Ashwaubenon, De Pere, Green Bay, ourselves, just, in our area in the hopes that if he does come back here we can find him," Sanborn said.
Flyers went out to officers. Some are even on display at area businesses.
Stowe is described as being around 5-foot-8, weighing 165 pounds. He has brown hair, brown eyes and a goatee.
Stowe was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and blue jean shorts.
"We're hoping that somebody in the community here spots him, but don't make contact with him by any means," Sanborn explained.
Anyone who sees Stowe is asked to call 911 immediately. If you have information about where he may be, you are asked to call the Brown Co. Sheriff's Office at (920) 448-4230 or the Madison Police Dept. at (608) 266-4897.
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