Brenham State School Patient Found

A resident of the Brenham State School missing since Tuesday night has been found.

A maintenance worker from the school found Mary Butler around 9 a.m. Wednesday in a heavily wooded area, a half mile from the school.

Officials say Butler, who has Down syndrome, was seen by the school's doctor and appeared to be in good physical condition.

Around 9:30pm Tuesday, the Brenham State School reported to authorities that Butler, who is in her late 40s, had been missing since around 7 p.m. that evening. She reportedly was last seen going from her cottage on the grounds to the gym.

Authorities with the Washington County Sheriff's Office and Brenham police, along with citizen groups searched for her on nearby streets. The Brenham State School is located in the 4000 block of Highway 36 South. The campus itself is 200 acres and includes 11 residential buildings, according to the school's website.

According to Brenham police, this is not the first time Butler has disappeared, but it is the longest she has ever been missing.