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Fugitive Bobby Smith captured

Missing fugitive caught without incident

Fugitive Bobby Smith has been captured. (Georgia Department of Corrections)

Fugitive Bobby Smith has been captured. (Georgia Department of Corrections)

ALBANY, Ga. — Albany Transitional Center resident Bobby Smith was recaptured by the Georgia Department of Corrections Fugitive Task Force on Monday morning, officials with the Department of Corrections say.

He was captured at 8:50 a.m. on Monday near Washington Street without incident, a spokeswoman with the GDC said. Smith, 54, had been on the run since leaving the downtown Albany center on Nov. 17. Convicted of murder in DeKalb County in 1987, he was just a few weeks away from his release when he disappeared.

Officials with the GDC said he was taken into custody following his capture and transferred to Lee State Prison.

Last week, there was a perimeter set up near the Oak Hill Diary Farm in Lee County after Smith was reportedly seen in the area at around 8 a.m. on Dec. 2. Several agencies had teams participating searching both on the ground and with officers in the air, but were unable to find him into the evening hours.

In the days since his disappearance, deputies in Lee and Terrell counties and officers with the Georgia State Patrol, GDC and U.S. Marshals have been among those searching for Smith. The first reported sighting after he left the Albany center is believed to be at the Bronwood City Hall on Nov. 20 when someone matching his description asked to use the phone and for directions to Smithville before heading in that direction.