Reward upped to $57,000 for escaped inmate Curtis Watson


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WJHL) – The search is intensifying in West Tennessee for escaped inmate and accused killer Curtis Watson.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation tweeted Saturday night the reward for West Tennessee State Penitentiary escaped inmate Curtis Watson has gone up to $57,000.

The tweet says the Tennessee Department of Correction added $4,500 to the total.

Watson is accused of escaping from a work detail earlier this week.

He’s also accused of killing longtime TDOC employee Debra Johnson.

She was found dead in her residence on the penitentiary property.

CBS Affiliate WREG in Memphis is reporting law enforcement in Lauderdale County told people in the search area Saturday night that Watson has been spotted in a wooded area off Highway 371.

WREG also reports Watson broke into a home Saturday morning and stole food and water.

The Tennessee Department of Correction has announced funeral arrangements in Nashville for Debra Johnson.

There will be a visitation on Thursday August 15 followed by a funeral service on Friday August 16.

He’s considered dangerous.

You’re urged to call 1-800-TBI-FIND if you have any information on Watson’s whereabouts.

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