UPDATE: The State Board of Pardons and Parole confirms to Channel 3 that Bob Jay Cole is in the Walker County Jail.

Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson says Cole turned himself in on Tuesday night in Gordon County to a Department of Community Supervision officer near I-75 and Georgia Highway 53.

Sheriff Wilson says Cole fled from Walker County on Sunday afternoon and it is believed that spent that night camping in Whitfield or Gordon counties.

Cole was convicted of murder in 1990.

His parole officer says he cannot comment on Cole's parole violation.

Channel 3 has learned he was married to Britney Cole, who was found dead last week in Walker County.

They were married for four days.

Sheriff Wilson says Cole has not been charged in connection to his wife's death.

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Bob Jay Cole was released last year on parole. However, police are now looking for him for violating the terms of his parole.

Ellen Hogan was filled with emotion when she heard the news, but she says she isn't shocked.

She said she had the feeling that if Cole was ever released from prison, this would happen. 

“Because they made a mistake and they aren't going to admit it. And I promised them if this turned out the way I thought it would, I would be back,” Hogan said.

Hogan says the last 30 years have been incredibly difficult for her family.

"I'm scared. I've been scared since August of last year when they let him free. I don't sleep at night. I stay up all night,” Hogan said.

When Cole was granted parole last October, Hogan couldn’t believe it.

“My anxiety is so bad. After he was released, I went through months of not getting out of bed from depression,” Hogan said. “When does it stop for my family?”

Cole was convicted of murder in 1990.

Cole’s parole officer says he cannot comment on the matter.

Channel 3 has also learned Cole was married to Britney Cole, who was found dead last week in Walker County.

They were married for four days.

Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson says Cole is not a suspect in the case, but they have been looking for him since.

Hogan tells Channel 3, she was been in contact with Britney’s family, saying she understands the pain they are going through.

Hogan warns the public that Cole is a dangerous man.

"At all expense, don't trust him. And if you see him and you don't have anything to protect yourself with, you better run the other direction,” Hogan said.

Hogan says even after all her family has been through, she is learning to forgive Cole.

Hogan urges Cole to do the right thing and turn himself in.


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Steve Hayes with Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles says Bob Jay Cole is wanted for a parole violation.

Hayes could not release details of how Cole violated the terms of his parole.

Cole was released from prison in August of 2018, after admitting that he robbed and killed Benjamin West in 1990.

Channel 3 has learned that Cole is the husband of the woman who was found dead on the side of the road in Walker County last week.

Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson said his department spoke to Bob Cole about his wife's death and that he is not a suspect.

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Bob Jay Cole was 16 when he admitted he robbed and killed Benjamin West in 1990.

He was released from prison on parole Wednesday.

Channel 3 traveled to Huntsville, Alabama, to sit down with West’s sister, Ellen Hogan. She said she is too afraid to come to the Chattanooga area knowing her brother’s killer is now a free man.

“I’m confused. I never thought this day would come,” Hogan said.

A caseworker alerted her that Cole was out of prison. Although she doesn’t know where he is living, she said she is too scared to return to the Chattanooga area.

“I’m fearful for society, and in some ways, since I put my face out there, I’m fearful for my life as well,” she added.

But she doesn’t allow that fear to consume her.

Hogan said she forgave Cole several years ago and hopes he will use this second chance to live as a productive citizen.

“I don’t want him to forget Benny. I want him to remember what he did and what he took. But I also want him to heal and I want him to move on,” she said.

Hogan said she will continue to advocate for victim’s families and hopes Georgia will one day allow victims to address the parole board in person rather than through letters.

Channel 3 tried to reach out to Cole and his family, but we have not heard back.