SPRINGVILLE, Ala. (LEX 18 / WVTM) — Police in Lauderdale County, Alabama, said early Saturday that a convicted human trafficker who escaped a prison there had been taken back into custody in Kentucky.
A message on the sheriff’s Facebook page did not give details but said 30-year-old Corey Aris Davis had been recaptured after escaping the St. Clair Correctional Facility on Wednesday.
WVTM reported that the Alabama Department of Corrections said Davis escaped by hiding inside a furniture transport trailer.
“Prison officials confirmed today that 30-year-old Corey Aris Davis concealed himself inside the trailer sometime while he was working in facility’s furniture plant that is managed by the Alabama Correctional Industries (ACI),” an ADOC spokesman said in a news release. “At approximately 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, the trailer left the facility and was taken directly to the ACI facility in Montgomery. Investigators found evidence today that confirms Davis had been inside the trailer and had used an item of furniture for concealment. The evidence also shows that Davis exited the trailer sometime after it was parked at the ACI facility according to investigators.”
The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force and other law enforcement agencies to recapture him.
“In addition to the recapture efforts and determining the details of the escape, the ADOC is working to identify how Davis was able to gain access to the trailer without being observed by prison officials, and why he was not reported missing until a security check at 8 p.m. Wednesday. The facility remains locked down while the investigation is ongoing.”
Corrections officials said they have identified three inmates who they believe assisted Davis in his escape. Their names are not being released at this time.