UPDATE: CONVICTED murderer who escaped during a pre-release work program in Cooma may be in hiding somewhere in the town.Adam Bowhay, an inmate of Cooma Correctional Centre, ran away from Snowy Oval in Cooma about 1.15pm yesterday.
He was doing community work with two other inmates as part of an approved pre-release program.
Bowhay was serving a 23-year sentence for the stabbing murder of Steven Jarvis at Casino in northern NSW in 1997.
Queanbeyan Police Inspector Neil Grey said there had been no confirmed sightings of Bowhay, who was recently denied parole.
"(The Cooma area) is the focus of our search at the moment, we've got no information to suggest otherwise," Insp Grey said.
"We'll concentrate on the area where he was last seen and surrounding and that will get more expansive as time goes on."
Police have mounted a major search of the area and have urged the public not to approach the 34-year-old.
"He's served a lengthy sentence for a crime of extreme violence so for that reason alone we tell the public to be cautious, not to approach him," Insp Grey said.
Bowhay is described as being of caucasian appearance, 184cm tall, with a medium to large build, clean shaven and bald.
He has tattoos around his neck, upper arm and legs.
Bowhay was last seen wearing a fluorescent yellow shirt and blue and green long pants.
Anyone with information is urged to ring triple-zero.