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Missing man with history of violence found

03/06/2012 07:52 EST | Updated 05/06/2012 05:12 EDT

Toronto police located a mentally ill man with a history of violence Tuesday after he disappeared from a psychiatric hospital.

George May, 51, suffers from paranoid schizophrenia and escaped the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) at Ossington Avenue and Queen Street West Monday.

Police said May returned to CAMH Tuesday at around 7 a.m.

They began a search after May was reported missing, warning he could pose a danger to the public.

"We were concerned that he may be violent, because he's been violent in the past," Staff Sgt. Robert Steward said.

In 2001, May strangled 41-year-old Beverly Sims to death at a Toronto group home, but was found to be not criminally responsible and was sent to a psychiatric hospital.

According to police, Monday's incident was the second time May escaped in the past three months.

May has spent several years in and out of different psychiatric wards in the province before arriving at CAMH in 2007.

In 2009 his psychiatrist warned that May remains a threat to women and shouldn't be placed in a minimum-secure unit.

CAMH is considered a medium-secure facility.

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