Henry County Sheriff's officers, including two bloodhound teams, have joined the hunt in Lauderdale County for escaped convict Curtis Ray Watson.
Sheriff Monte Belew confirmed that county officers were taking part in the search about 7:15 a.m. Sunday in a brief phone interview from the scene.
"We're in Henning," Belew said. "We’ve got team of six deputies and Rowdy."
Sheriff's Cpl. Stacey Bostwick, the bloodhound's handler, as was also at the scene. Sheriff's Sgt. Wayne Fuqua and his K-9, Adora, were on the scene as well, Belew said.
"We're down here now," Belew said. "We believe the perimeter is tightening. We’ll be here for a few days or until he’s in custody."
The Tennessee Department of Correction announced earlier that there had been a confirmed sighting of Watson, 44, who is charged with sexually assaulting and killing a corrections administrator, then escaping on a tractor.
TDOC said on Twitter that Watson was spotted early Sunday in the west Tennessee community of Henning, where he escaped from the West Tennessee State Penitentiary on Wednesday.
The department says a resident who saw Watson on their property alerted authorities. Photos provided by the resident show Watson dressed in camouflage bib overalls and a hat and carrying a camp backpack.
An affidavit says Watson was on mowing duties and was discovered missing several hours after he was seen near the house at the penitentiary where 64-year-old employee Debra Johnson had lived. She was found dead.