Jan 9, 2016 2:56 PM

UPDATE: Inmate turns self in hours after failing to return to Manchester halfway house

MANCHESTER - An inmate who failed to return to the Calumet Transitional Housing Unit on Saturday morning turned himself in to authorities by afternoon.

N.H. Department of Corrections spokesman Jeff Lyons 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.

Lyons said Barnes saw a news report about his escape and contacted the transitional housing unit around 2:30 p.m. to turn himself in. He was taken from Manchester to the N.H. State Prison on Saturday afternoon.

Barnes was serving a 1-4 year sentence for being a habitual offender. He was admitted to the state prison on May 22, 2015, and would have been eligible for parole in May of this year.

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