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Patient escapes psychiatric hospital, returned

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People in one Mid-Michigan community are breathing a sigh of relief Wednesday as a mental patient is back in custody after a brief escape.

The patient ran away from the Caro Center, 2000 Chambers Rd., Wednesday about 10 a.m.

The sheriff's department said after his hearing the patient was being transported back to his cabin at the Caro Center.  That's when he ran off and jumped into the Cass River.

"I don't think he got that far. I think he just made it into the river.," said Tuscola County under sheriff Glen Skrent.

Skrent sent out a Nixle alert when he learned the patient had run off.  That was about 10 a.m. He sent out another alert once the patient was found, about 20 minutes later.

"When we put out an alert like that people should be weary of the description of the person that's walked away and give us a call if they see them," Skrent said.

State officials haven't released why this particular man was housed at the center, but residents who live close to the psychiatric hospital said it's always nerve wrecking to hear about runaway patients. 

Neighbors also said they feel good knowing local police agencies are quick to find any escapees.

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