The convicted murderer who escaped custody in southern New South Wales earlier week, Adam James Bowhay, has been charged.

Bowhay had been on the run since Tuesday before a member of the public spotted him in the village of Bredbo late this morning, about 30 kilometres north of Cooma.

Police say they arrested him without incident and he was taken to Cooma police station.

Bowhay has been charged with escaping custody and larceny.

Acting Superintendent Shane Box says he surrendered peacefully.

"The police just responded [and] as soon as they saw him they approached him as they do and there was no resistance," he said.

Bowhay had been serving a 23-year sentence for the murder of Stephen Jarvis on the NSW north coast in 1997.

The 34-year-old was recently refused parole after a recommendation he take part in more external leave.

He had also progressed to the lowest security classification.

He will face Goulburn Local Court on Friday.

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