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Newport News inmate cut his tracker and left his work-release job. Cops are now looking for him

Corey Donell Frazier (HNNDaily Photo/ Courtesy of the Newport News Sheriff's Office)
Corey Donell Frazier (HNNDaily Photo/ Courtesy of the Newport News Sheriff’s Office)

NEWPORT NEWS — Corey Donell Frazier, 22, cut the GPS tracker off his ankle and left after being fired from his work-release job Thursday morning.

He’s now a wanted man.

Inmates can participate in a volunteer work-release program run by the sheriff’s office community outreach program that provides opportunities specific to the inmate’s needs, according to the Newport News Sheriff’s Office website.

The work release program, which is for non-violent offenders, strengthens a person’s chances of successfully returning to the community after incarceration, according a news release from the sheriff’s office.

Frazier was arrested on May 18, 2017 for violating his felony probation, a misdemeanor concealed weapon charge, and possession of a firearm by a non-violent felon. He pleaded guilty in November and was sentenced to five years — three years suspended, and one year of supervised probation, said Dorothy Wikan, spokeswoman for the Newport News Sheriff’s Office.

He was serving his time at the Newport News City Jail and was scheduled to be released May of next year.

Frazier was last seen wearing a white shirt, black sweatpants and black shoes and his last known address was in Hampton. It was not immediately known if he is a resident of Newport News or Hampton.

The sheriff’s office declined to release the name of Frazier’s employer or his job title.

Wikan said it is to protect the confidentiality of the employer.

Authorities are asking anyone who may have information on Frazier’s whereabouts to call 757-247-2500.

Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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