RIPLEY, Tenn. (AP) - A Tennessee official says an inmate who is a person of interest in the death of a corrections employee escaped the area on a tractor.
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director David Rausch said at a news conference Wednesday evening that the tractor used by 44-year-old Curtis Ray Watson was found about a mile away from the West Tennessee State Penitentiary. The facility is about 60 miles from Memphis.
NEW PICTURES: Curtis Watson has a variety of tattoos across his body.— TBI (@TBInvestigation) August 7, 2019
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Department of Correction Commissioner Tony Parker said 64-year-old correctional administrator Debra Johnson was found dead in her residence at about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. He said she lived in a property on site.
ADDITIONAL PICTURES: Here are more pictures of Curtis Watson's tattoos. He's considered extremely dangerous.— TBI (@TBInvestigation) August 7, 2019
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Watson was serving a 15-year sentence on an especially aggravated kidnapping conviction out of Henry County. He worked at the prison as a farm laborer.
BLUE ALERT: Here is an additional profile picture of Curtis Ray Watson, the escapee who is the subject of our Blue Alert. Watson should be considered extremely dangerous.— TBI (@TBInvestigation) August 7, 2019
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TBI says Watson should be considered extremely dangerous.
BLUE ALERT: We need your help to find Curtis Ray Watson, an escapee of the West Tennessee State Penitentiary in Henning.— TBI (@TBInvestigation) August 7, 2019
Watson is also a person-of-interest in the homicide of a Tennessee Department of Correction employee today.
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