Jan 9, 2016 12:49 PM

Search underway for inmate who failed to return to transitional housing in Manchester

MANCHESTER - State police and corrections officials are looking for a minimum security inmate who failed to return to the Calumet Transitional Housing Unit on Saturday.

The N.H. Department of Corrections said 60-year-old Richard Keefe Barnes, of Manchester, left the facility to go to work at 8:50 a.m. His employer reported that he was sending him back at 9:50 a.m., but Barnes never came back. Around noon, he was placed on escape status, corrections spokesman Jeff Lyons said in a statement.

Barnes is described as white, 6 feet tall and weighing about 165 pounds. He has gray hair and blue eyes. He is serving a 1-4 year sentence for being a habitual offender. He was admitted to the state prison on May 22, 2015, and was eligible for parole in May of this year.

Anyone with information about Barnes' whereabouts is asked to call their local police department or the state prison at 271-1801.

Escape is a class B felony punishable by 3 ½ - 7 years in prison.

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