Created: Thu, 05 Sep 2013 10:40:00 EST
Updated: Thu, 05 Sep 2013 03:22:52 EST
Wheeler County is back to normal after a manhunt resulted in the capture of a Baxley man who escaped Tuesday while being booked into the Wheeler County Jail,
The Wheeler County Sheriff reported that Raymond Solomon, 25, had been caught at 11:20 p.m.
Wheeler County Sheriff Maurice Johnson Jr. thanked people for tips and phone calls.
"It's a good day when no one was hurt and our citizens don't have to be on guard," he said.
Solomon paroled out of a state prison on Friday after serving time on a drug violation. He had been arrested again over the weekend on charges of possession and distribution of meth.
Wheeler County and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are trying to determine how Solomon escaped custody in the Wheeler County Jail, although portions of the jail are under construction. Solomon was taken to the Treutlen County Jail on Thursday.
Law enforcement officers from various agencies spent all day Wednesday searching a densely wooded area off Highway 19 near Lumber City. Canine units from the Georgia Department of Corrections and a helicopter from the Georgia State Patrol joined the search.
Motorists along Highway 19 reported to police that a man matching Solomon's description had tried to flag them down for a ride.
Besides Wheeler County Sheriff's Office, the DOC and the GSP, officers from Montgomery County, Telfair County, Jeff Davis County, Laurens County, Treutlen County, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Marshals Service aso participated. The Helena, Lumber City, Glenwood and Alamo city police joined in the effort.