On Saturday Morning, July 14th, 2018, it was reported that an inmate from the Clay County Detention Center walked away from a work release detail. Deputies were quick to respond with a manhunt beginning very soon thereafter. Responding agencies also included the Ashland Police, Lineville Police, Ashland Police Reserve, Clay County Sheriff’s Reserve, Alabama Department of Corrections K-9 tracking teams and the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) air search and rescue, rotor wing division. That began the extensive search for Inmate Shannon Waldrop of Ashland.
Throughout the coming weeks, search teams worked late into the night and early morning hours responding to sightings of Waldrop. Sheriff’s Deputies assisted by local law enforcement agencies continued to follow every lead into Waldrop’s whereabouts. Teams were deployed after dark into wooded areas associated with Waldrop’s sightings, where they would remain until the daylight hours attempting sighting with infrared and night vision equipment.
Intelligence information received indicated Waldrop was possibility getting assistance from acquaintances in the area. With additional search teams and 24 hour surveillance teams monitoring movement on area personnel, positive results were gotten.
On August 15th, warrants were obtained on an individual for 2 counts of hindering apprehension and one count of reckless endangerment. Increasing pressure from area law enforcement resulted in a phone call being placed in the mid-morning hours of August 18th, 2018 to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.
Inmate Shannon Waldrop turned himself into Sheriff’s Investigators shortly thereafter. Warrants on Waldrop include Escape, 3 counts Burglary of an unoccupied dwelling, 2 counts criminal mischief and 1 count criminal trespass. The investigation into those who may be responsible for helping Waldrop is continuing and additional arrests may be forthcoming.
A special thanks to all the above mentioned agencies that assisted the Clay County Sheriff’s Office. These men and women spent countless hours, enduring rough terrain and extreme heat on many days and challenging moments of the night during these searches. It is with this dedication and professionalism that proves our local law enforcement has one goal in mind, serve the citizens of this great county at any level. They are true dedicated professionals, states Sheriff Latham.