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An inmate who escaped from Mendota Mental Health Institute on Tuesday afternoon was still on the loose Wednesday and could possibly be either in or heading to the Green Bay area, authorities reported.

Graham L. Stowe, 30, scaled a fence and ran into woods near the North Side facility, apparently armed with a golf club.

Madison police, police dogs and a SWAT team looked for Stowe in the area but didn’t find him.

Wednesday night the police department said on its website that it was no longer searching any specific area for Stowe and believes he might no longer be in the Madison area.

Earlier Wednesday, police spokesman officer Howard Payne said the Brown County Sheriff’s Office notified Green Bay area police departments and other law enforcement agencies about Stowe’s escape from Mendota.

“He has ties to the Green Bay area,” Payne said.

Payne said the police department is waiting to hear from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, operators of Mendota Mental Health Institute, to see what agency should be in charge of the search.

Stowe is serving a 39-year sentence in Mendota after being found not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect for six felonies committed in Green Bay in 2004.

Court records show Stowe broke into his former girlfriend ’s home, planning to kidnap her and then kill himself in front of her.

“While in the home, Stowe tied up (the woman’s) brother and father, doused the father with gasoline and beat him,” according to documents from a 2012 case brought by Stowe against the state to get his release.

The state appeals court upheld Brown County Circuit Court and rejected his appeal.

Stowe was conditionally released from Mendota in 2007, but the release was revoked in 2009 after he violated release conditions by confronting his ex-girlfriend and by drinking beer at the bar where she worked.

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Bill Novak is a general assignment reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal.

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