After a little more than a week at large, George Edwin Hardin has been captured. The Clay County Sheriff’s Department reported Hardin was located and apprehended at 11:19 this morning by deputies.
A Facebook status posted by the Clay County Sheriff’s Department indicates Sheriff Brandon Boone “would like to thank all the members of the community that reported any suspicious activity and kept an eye out this past week!” It went on to say Hardin’s capture wouldn’t have been possible without the public’s help and extended thanks to the agencies that assisted in the manhunt.
Hardin, a convicted murder and sex offender, was wanted for the kidnapping of a woman in Cumberland County on Sunday, May 19. He will be extradited to Cumberland County to face the aggravated kidnapping charge, along with aggravated assault, armed dangerous felon, reckless endangerment and felony possession of a firearm.
Hardin had been placed on the Tennessee sex-offender registry after his 1981 rape and armed robbery conviction in Johnson City. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison and was convicted in 1987 of the first-degree murder of a fellow inmate. He was sentenced to life in prison, but was subsequently released on parole.