PERRY COUNTY, Miss. (WDAM) - The state inmate who escaped from a work detail in Perry County on Tuesday is now back in custody.
Officials with the Mississippi Department of Corrections said Corey Lee Alred was captured around 12:45 p.m. Wednesday between Runnelstown and Richton near Wendell Road.
“I commend everyone involved in this manhunt,” MDOC Commissioner Pelicia E. Hall said in a news release. “We greatly appreciate the help we received on the local, county, state, and federal levels from other law enforcement officers and the public. This capture has ended the way we hope all escapes would end. We are very thankful that no one was hurt.”
According to the Perry County Sheriff’s Office, Alred escaped from the work detail after asking to use the restroom around 2 p.m. Wednesday. Sheriff Mitch Nobles said Alred ran into a wooded area just east of Buck Creek Road.
Nobles said his deputies, with help from other departments, worked through the night and into Wednesday to find the escapee.
According to MDOC, Alred, 39, was serving a nine-year sentence at the South Mississippi Correctional Institution in Greene County for burglary of an unoccupied dwelling, embezzlement and residential burglary.