UPDATE: $52,500 reward now offered for capture of escaped inmate Curtis Watson

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3:20 P.M. UPDATE (WJHL)- TBI officials tweeted out moments ago that the reward for Curtis Watson’s capture is now $52,500. Officials with TBI said both the FBI and US Marshals contributed to increasing the reward.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WJHL)- In a news conference Thursday afternoon, TBI officials and Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced a $25,000 reward for information leading to the capture of a man at the center of a BLUE ALERT.

The total reward now sits at $32,500.

Curtis Ray Watson, 44, escaped the West Tennessee State Penitentiary in Henning and is wanted in the killing of a Tennessee Dept. of Correction (TDOC) employee on Wednesday.

SEE ALSO: TBI issues Blue Alert for prison escapee, person of interest in TDOC employee’s homicide

The TDOC employee was Debra Johnson, 64, West Tennessee Correctional Administrator and a 38-year veteran employee of the state of Tennessee.

According to TDOC Commissioner Parker, Johnson’s body was found in her residence on the premises of the penitentiary Wednesday morning.

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