Several law enforcement departments have teamed up in the search for a convicted murderer who is unaccounted for from the Albany Transitional Center.
Bobby Smith was placed in the center six months ago after serving 26 years in prison for murder. Officials say he never came back from work-duty in Albany on Sunday, which caused the search.
The Lee County Sheriff's Office say they recieved a call for help at 1:20 p.m. after a Georgia State Patrol Trooper saw him in the area alongside Highway 118 between Lee and Terrell County.Authorities describe Smith as a light-skinned black male in his 50's, standing 5'8", and weighing 220 pounds.The US Marshals Office is handling the search, however, numerous agencies have come out to assist with their K-9 units and GSP has brought out their search helicopter.
Officials say they are not sure how he got out of the center, but are currently lined up alongside the highway as a helicopter uses an infrared camera to search the trees below.
Lee County Sheriff Reggie Rachals says Smith now faces an escape charge, which carries more prison time.