HENNING, Tenn. (WTHR) — The woman who died in a Tennessee prison murder is being remembered by the Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC).
Debra Johnson was a correctional administrator at the West Tennessee State Penitentiary. She was found dead in the prison Wednesday, Aug. 7, kicking off a manhunt for the prime suspect who escaped from custody, Curtis Ray Watson.
Watson was on the run for days. Authorities finally caught him and took him back into custody Sunday, Aug. 11.
Johnson had been a TDOC employee since January 1981. She served in a number of roles including sergeant, deputy warden and warden.
In a statement, TDOC said Johnson was a mentor and role model for other employees and she would be missed.
Johnson is survived by two sons, a daughter, her mother and two sisters.
A nonprofit organization set up a GoFundMe page in her honor.