A prisoner who went missing from Otago Correctional Facility
has still not been found.
Dunedin police have completed an extensive search of a forest
area near the prison using three police dogs.
Stephen Uriah Maddren went missing from the prison about 4pm
It is believed to be the first escape from the prison, which
opened in 2007.
Maddren (25) was not thought to be a danger to the public but
should not be approached, Inspector Mel Aitken, of Dunedin,
Maddren, a remand prisoner, was arriving at the facility from
court in Dunedin when he escaped from his escort just inside
the prison grounds, Department of Corrections regional
commissioner for the Southern region Ian Bourke said.
Police were called about 4.15pm.
OCF staff scoured ditches, police checked car boots and a
helicopter hovered metres above the ground searching shelter
belts near Milton.
Senior Sergeant Matt Scoles, of Dunedin, said the search was
scaled down about 10.15pm. Limited patrols continued through
Maddren was described as being Caucasian, 171cm tall, having
brown or black shoulder-length hair in a mullet hairstyle and
no teeth and had been wearing green track pants and a green
A helicopter with night-vision equipment was used to search
in the Milburn area, but was later stood down.
The Otago Daily Times reported in November 2010 that
Maddren was convicted of escaping from lawful custody.
On this, two burglaries and 12 other charges (including
dishonesty, damaging a door, driving dangerously and failing
to stop for police) he was sentenced to prison terms
totalling two and a-half years.