ST. CLAIR COUNTY, Ala. (WBRC) - The Alabama Department of Corrections says that an inmate who reportedly escaped St. Clair Correctional Facility actually never left.
Officials sent an escape notice Tuesday morning for 64-year-old Steve Ray Murphy, who reportedly escaped just after midnight. Officials sent an update just before 9 a.m. saying he was recaptured.
A second update was released around 11:30 a.m. saying the escape notice was issued “out of an abundance of caution” when Ray was not in his assigned location during a bed count.
“Following protocol and out of an abundance of caution to ensure public safety, the decision was made to issue an escape notice while a facility sweep was simultaneously conducted to locate Murphy,” the ADOC said in a statement.
Officials say Murphy “had no intention, nor took any action, to attempt an escape from St. Clair Correctional Facility.”
Despite Tuesday’s false alarm, records show that Murphy has escaped from the prison. He also escaped from St. Clair Correctional Facility in 1986 and 2001 and from Colbert County in 1984.
Murphy is serving a life sentence for a murder in Colbert County in 1984.