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Search on for local who escaped DOC Tuesday

A Covington County inmate in the custody of the Alabama Department of Corrections on work release in Coffee County escaped from his job site on Tuesday afternoon.

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Joseph Thomas Butts, 28, left his assigned job location in Elba at about 12:30 p.m., according to the Department of Corrections. He is an inmate at Elba Work Release Center.

Butts was convicted in here in 2014 on the charge of manufacturing a controlled substance. He was sentenced to serve 12 years and 6 months in jail.

Butts is white, 6-foot 1 inch tall and weighs about 150 pounds. He has brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a blue shirt with “New Orleans” written across it and brown cargo points.

Anyone with information on Butts’ whereabouts should call police or DOC at 800-831-8825