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Hunt for missing SA prisoner continues

AAP logoAAP 11/08/2016

Robert Rigney has been on the run for nearly a month since being turned away by South Australian jail staff when he tried to return from temporary leave.

Now red-faced authorities are urging the 33-year-old to turn himself in and say they won't rest until he's back behind bars.

Rigney, who was being held on remand on an aggravated charge of causing serious harm with intent, was turned away by corrections staff in July when he tried to return to jail after attending his sister's funeral.

He later tried in vain to turn himself in at a local police station.

He has since removed his monitoring device and hasn't been seen.

"The best thing he can do is hand himself up because we're going to keep looking until we find him," Police Commissioner Grant Stevens told FiveAA radio, noting they've searched 110 houses so far.

Investigations previously revealed Rigney, who was accompanied by a support person, reported to Yatala Labour Prison as required on July 15 but was told by a supervisor there was no legal basis for his return to custody.

He then tried to hand himself in at Holden Hill police station but was instead told to return to his bail address.

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