TBI releases timeline of Curtis Watson escape & suspected murder

TBI released two of Curtis Ray Watson's previous mug shots in case he altered his appearance after his escape

TBI released two of Curtis Ray Watson's previous mug shots in case he altered his appearance after his escape

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation confirms an escaped convicted charged with sexually assaulting and killing a corrections administrator, has been captured.

Around 11 a.m. on the morning of Watson's escape, prison officials said they realized employee Debra Johnson was missing after she didn't report to work. He is suspected of killing a prison administrator, Debra Johnson, in her home on prison grounds Wednesday.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation tweeted this photo out Sunday afternoon.

Watson - previously convicted of aggravated child abuse - had been serving 15 years for what the TBI called an "especially aggravated kidnapping".

Rewards totaling $57,000 are available for information leading to Watson's arrest.

"Today we lost a very beloved and respected member of our TDOC family", the Tennessee Department of Corrections said in a statement. If you have a tip on where he may be headed, contact local law enforcement. The TBI said Friday it has received 250 tips but there have been no credible sightings of Watson.

A warrant was issued charging him with first-degree murder, especially aggravated burglary and aggravated sexual battery.

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Rausch asked those who live in West Tennessee to check their property for anything that looks out of place as well as to check outbuildings, crawl spaces and dog houses - anywhere someone could hide.

Watson surrendered "immediately" with his hands up and appeared to be "relieved to be over with his run", Rausch said.

Curtis Ray Watson is shown in the back of a law enforcement vehicle.

Watson, 44, escaped from West Tennessee State Penitentiary on Wednesday.

Watson is 5 feet, 11 inches, 140 pounds with brown eyes, a long gray beard, and a large number of tattoos. We appreciate your vigilance and your support over the past few days! "We need to get this unsafe individual into custody".

According to the TBI, around 3:30 a.m. Sunday Morning, a Harvey and Ann Taylor's outdoor camera system captured an image of Watson. He drove away from the prison sometime between 9 and 10 a.m. on a tractor, the affidavit said. Police also found Watson's prison identification card.

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