Update: Escaped inmate in Etowah County is back in custody


UPDATE 5 P.M. — The escaped inmate is back in custody.


ETOWAH COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — Authorities are searching for an inmate who used a trash can to climb over a fence to escape from the Etowah County Detention Center.

Around 4:40 a.m., staff noticed Jimmy Ray Green, 48 of Wellington, was missing. Video surveillance at the Etowah County Detention Center shows Green using a garbage can to assist him climbing over a fence behind the temporary kitchen he was assigned to work in at around 4:15 a.m.

Green was last seen on video running east on the railroad tracks behind the facility. Deputies found his yellow-colored inmate shirt lying on the tracks.

The temporary fence does not have Constantine wire that is normally present due to jail renovations that involve the permanent detention center kitchen, the sheriff’s office reports.

All Etowah County municipalities, surrounding counties and state agencies have been notified of the escape.  The Etowah County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the U.S. Marshall Fugitive Task Force is leading the investigation to return the escapee back to the Etowah County Detention Center.

Jimmy Ray Green has been incarcerated since May 16, 2019.  He was incarcerated following an arrest and charges from Rainbow City Police Department for Attempting to elude and felon in possession of a firearm.  He had no bond due to outstanding misdemeanor warrants with Guntersville Police Department for violation of a protection order. 

Jimmy Ray Green is 5-feet, 8-inches tall, weighs about 160lbs, has brown hair and brown eyes.  Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of Jimmy Ray Green is encouraged to call 911, The Etowah County Sheriff’s Office at 256-546-2825 or the Anonymous Tip Line at 256-543-2893.

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