Wanted Florida man found after fleeing in the Smokies

Feb. 17, 2017: Authorities found a convicted murderer after a 24-hour manhunt in the Great Smoky Mountains.

GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS - A Florida man's time on the run in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park lasted just about 24 hours.

On Thursday, around 3:00 p;m., rangers pulled a car over on Little River Road near the Meigs Falls area.

The driver bailed, crossing the Little River and running into the woods.

Officials identified the man as Noah Jefferson Davis of Putnam County, Florida, a man with an active arrest warrant for violating parole conditions.

Davis was originally convicted for second degree murder that took place on New Year's Day in 2000, records show. His jail sentenced ended in October 2016 and he was on two years of supervised release.

Park rangers established a perimeter surrounding the area and called in for assistance from Knox County, Blount County, and Sevier County officers, including K-9 units, to try to track Davis. On Friday, the Knox County Sheriff's Office searched by helicopter.

Their efforts finally succeed Friday afternoon, when Davis was taken into custody. He had minor injuries, so was transported by a Rural/Metro ambulance for treatment. He will be taken to the Blount County Detention Center.

(© 2017 WBIR)


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