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Police: Escaped inmate with Lauderdale County ties 'extremely dangerous'

The Department of Corrections issued a release asking the public to be on the lookout for an escaped inmate with ties to the Shoals.

Posted: Jan 24, 2019 5:27 AM
Updated: Jan 24, 2019 7:07 PM

3:48 p.m. UPDATE: There has been a possible Corey Davis sighting in Lauderdale County.

WAAY 31 has learned he may have been spotted on County Road 100, off Highway 20 near the Tennessee line.

Davis is a serial rapist serving a life sentence. Police say he's a danger to the public. Florence Police, the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Office and the District Attorney's Office did a special joint investigation into Davis in 2016 that led to a grand jury convicting him.

According to Sgt. Wes Gargis with Florence Police, Davis is a very detailed planner, and each of the crimes investigated that involved him were well-planned and thought through. He says Davis is considered to be extremely dangerous.

Gargis says Davis still had family in the Shoals area, upon completion of the 2016 investigation. He also says he's not aware of any previous escapes by Davis. 

Davis has impersonated a police officer before, and Gargis says he went to extreme measures to ensure his rouse or fronts were believed by his victims.

If you see him, don't approach him. Call police. Florence Police say citizens should be vigilant of their surroundings, and doors should always be locked.


From earlier: 

The Alabama Department of Corrections, U.S. Marshals Task Force and state law enforcement agencies are searching for an inmate who escaped from the St. Clair Correctional Facility in Springville on Wednesday.

Corey Aris Davis, 30, was reported missing from his cell during a security check at 8 p.m., according to a press release from the Department of Corrections.

Davis was sentenced to life in 2017 for a human trafficking conviction in Lauderdale County.

Davis is 5-feet 6-inches tall, weighs approximately 150 pounds and has blond hair and blue eyes.

The public should not approach Davis and should contact their local law enforcement or the Alabama Department of Corrections at 1-800-831-8825 with information that could lead to his recapture.

Prison officials report that Davis was assigned to a work detail inside the prison on Wednesday and was seen by staff and other inmates during the day.

Agents from the Department of Corrections’ Investigations and Intelligence Division are at the prison investigating the circumstances that led to the escape. The details of how Davis escaped are pending.

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