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Missing psychiatric patient with long history of violence found in Toronto

Last Updated Sep 21, 2015 at 6:53 pm EDT

A man with an history of violence against women has been found in Toronto after he left Whitby’s Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences.

Durham regional police say George May, 55, left the centre around 9:30 a.m. on Saturday and never returned.

Toronto police officers found him in the Mount Pleasant Road and St. Clair Avenue area. He was taken to a local hospital.

He allegedly has a history of strangling people. According to a media report, his psychiatrist says he is particularly dangerous around women.

The report says he was charged with second-degree murder for strangling a woman and was found not criminally responsible in 2002.

His psychiatric history reportedly dates back to the 1980s, when he was admitted to 14 mental health hospitals between 1982 and 1998.

In 2012, May also went missing, leaving the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, but then returned on his own the next day. At the time, police issued a release saying May had a history of violence against women and would pose a danger to the public.

This is the second time in the past two weeks that a patient went missing from an Ontario psychiatric facility. Thomas Brailsford, 55, who was found not criminally responsible in the 2010 beheading of his mother, was found after he was missing for a day in Toronto more than a week ago.