Police LightUPDATE: HOPKINS COUNTY, Ky. (8/8/19) — Local authorities looking into a call about a possible west Tennessee fugitive sighting have provided an update related to an investigation at a gas stop off I-69 earlier today.

Hopkins County Sheriff Matt Sanderson said after review, it did not appear to be the escapee from Tennessee, but the information has been forwarded to Tennessee authorities.

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HOPKINS COUNTY, Ky. (8/8/19) — Local authorities are checking into a report of a possible sighting of a fugitive from justice.

Deputies said this afternoon they are working to confirm that information and are reviewing video footage at a local gas stop off I-69 today.

Authorities in western Tennessee are conducting a large-scale manhunt following the escape of 44-year-old Curtis Ray Watson. He was said to have left Tennessee State penitentiary Wednesday morning. He was serving a 15-year sentence. Watson was initially named as a person of interest in the death of corrections administrator Debra Johnson, 64, who resided on the prison grounds.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigations said this afternoon during a press conference, Watson is now wanted on a murder charge in relation to Johnson’s death.

Investigators noted they are concentrating their search efforts in the west Tennessee area, and are following up on all leads, asking Tennesseans to check their properties and report anything out of place. There have been no confirmed sightings of Watson.

Tennessee authorities are offering a $25,000 reward to the agency that apprehends Watson, who is considered “extremely dangerous" and should not be approached.

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