CRENSHAW COUNTY, Ala. (WSFA) - An escaped Coffee County inmate has been recaptured.
According to the Alabama Department of Corrections, Dustin Joel Morton, 33, was recaptured in Brantley by Crenshaw County Sheriff’s Office deputies and ADOC officials.
Coffee County officials began searching for Morton after he was reported missing from the Elba Work Release Center on Feb. 16.
According to the Crenshaw County Emergency Management Agency, Morton had been seen in the Brantley area knocking on residential doors asking for food. The Covington County Sheriff’s Office reports he was spotted near Rosehill Road and U.S. 331 near the Covington and Crenshaw County line early Tuesday morning. Multiple agencies were involved in the search for him, and he was spotted by ALEA Aviation helicopter at around 2:15 p.m. trying to hide himself with grass, leaves and dirt near Highway 331.
Morton was convicted in 2017 of obstruction of justice (false identity).