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LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Tenn. — A reward for accused murderer and escaped inmate Curtis Ray Watson increased, and law enforcement told people in the search area Saturday night that Watson had been spotted.

However, by just after midnight on Sunday, Watson had not been captured. Multiple agencies were still at work near the search area, which is not far from the West Tennessee State Penitentiary.

The Tennessee Department of Corrections added $4,500 to the reward, bringing the total offered for Watson to $57,000 on the fourth day of searching for the inmate, who is now wanted in the assault and murder of a prison administrator.

Curtis Ray Watson | Photo from TBI

Shortly after that reward was increased, WREG's Peter Fleischer reported that law enforcement began telling residents Watson was spotted in a wooded area off Highway 371.

Authorities were searching the area.

WREG saw agents and K-9 squads running into the wooded area.

Residents are hoping this will bring an end to a stressful and terrifying situation. Watson broke into a nearby home overnight Friday and stole food and water.


WREG is at the scene of the search and will update this story as we learn more.

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