Search for state prison escapee called off
Eric Coe was being held at the Al Burruss State Prison in Forsyth at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center on theft, burglary, and parole violation charges. Coe was last seen around 3 p.m. Wednesday.
“They went to refuel at the city barn,” says Lamar County Sheriff Brad White. “The inmate, Mr. Coe, then stole a car there that had a flat tire. He ditched that car behind Ingels Supermarket which is right behind the sheriff’s office.”
The Lamar County Sheriff explained they were searching around McCollum and Berry roads in Barnesville, near Greenwood Cemetery.
“We found his clothes yesterday behind Ingels,” added White. “The Department of Corrections K-9 tracked his scent and found his vest and hat.”
A resident told investigators they found Coe’s prisoner’s uniform in their backyard barn. Nearly 100 yards away another person told investigators his 1995 blue Ford Explorer is missing. Sheriff White says the owner left the keys in the SUV and it has transmission problems. The truck also had over a half a tank of gas.
“It would still move, but we don’t know how far,” said White.
According to the sheriff, they intensified their search in Barnesville where they believe Coe was hiding out.
“He was within our perimeter the entire time,” explained White. “We just couldn’t drag the net before he stole a car and got out of here. That upsets us certainly. We’d like to get him. It is comforting knowing the vehicle that he is in.”
White added Coe is believed to be in the Ford Explorer heading to his home in Dallas, Georgia.