An escapee from the Mendota Mental Health facility was found about an hour after he escaped from the north side Wednesday night, officials said.
Emergency officials issued a public alert message around 10:40 p.m. asking residents to remain indoors and refrain from answering their doors for any suspicious persons on foot.
According to the alert, the person may have been dressed in an orange institutional jumpsuit.
Around 11:15 p.m., Dane County emergency officials canceled the emergency alert, after the escapee was found in a wooded area near the facility.
Police said the patient was being transported from Douglas County and ran away while being escorted into Goodland Hall.