These are some of the clues that support the belief that Alabama Corrections official Vicky White and murder suspect Casey White were romantically involved before the two went missing last week, the city’s sheriff said. Lauderdale County, Rick Singleton.
Vicky White, 56, and Casey White, 38, who are not related, disappeared on Friday morning after saying she was taking the inmate to the courthouse and planning to see a doctor because she was not feeling good.
But the two never made it to the courthouse. And Vicky White didn’t make it to the hospital.
Vicky White now faces an active arrest warrant for allegedly enabling or facilitating a first-degree escape, the sheriff said on Monday. Authorities believe the officer and inmate had a romantic relationship that extended into Vicky White’s non-working hours, Singleton said.
Vicky White had made major financial moves in the weeks leading up to the breakout. She had announced her intention to retire as assistant director of corrections and sold her house for well below market value.
The home was sold on April 18 for $95,550, documents show, while Lauderdale County online records put the parcel’s total value at $204,700.
Details of ‘special relationship’ emerge, says sheriff
Vicky and Casey White’s relationship dates back to 2020, authorities say, when Casey White – who was already serving time in state prison – was first brought to Lauderdale County for arraignment on a murder charge. linked to the 2015 death of Connie Ridgeway, 58.
“As far as we know, that was the first physical contact they had,” Singleton said.
Singleton said Casey White and Vicky White had a “special relationship” which was confirmed, in part, by other inmates who told investigators that Casey White “got extra food on her trays” and “got privileges that no one else had. And it was all about her.”
The sheriff said the couple continued to communicate after Casey White was transferred to state prison, where he was serving 75 years for a series of crimes in 2015. Casey White returned to Lauderdale County Detention Center in February to attend court hearings in his capital. murder case.
Lauderdale County Jail had a policy requiring two sworn deputies to accompany inmates at all times, including during transport to the courthouse. Singleton said the policy was heightened after authorities discovered Casey White had a makeshift knife on him in 2020 and planned to escape and take a hostage.
But last Friday morning, Vicky White ordered Casey White to be prepared for transport, telling the booking agent that since other agents had already left for court and she was the only officer available with a handgun. certified fire, she was going to take him to the courthouse alone, the sheriff said.
“Being the boss and on top of transportation, she just informed the booking agent that she was going to take it to the courthouse and drop it off, which was a clear violation of policy. But I’m sure because he was his boss, the booking agent didn’t question him,” Singleton said.
The sheriff described Casey White as “an extremely dangerous person” and warned people not to approach him if they saw him and to call the police instead.
Authorities assume Casey White is armed because Vicky White was armed. The US Marshals Service warned on Tuesday that they may have an AR-15 rifle and a shotgun.
How the escape happened
Surveillance video released by the detention center on Tuesday shows Casey White, shackled and handcuffed in an orange jumpsuit, escorted to the back of Vicky White’s patrol car Friday morning.
From there, Singleton says, the couple drove to a mall less than 10 minutes away, ditched the patrol car and got into a gold- or copper-colored 2007 Ford Edge SUV. The vehicle has minor damage to the left rear bumper, authorities said.
Vicky White bought the car in Rogersville, about 25 miles east of Lauderdale County, and staged it in the parking lot the night before they went missing, Singleton said.
“We know there was never an effort to get to the courthouse. They drove straight to the parking lot at Florence Square, dumped the patrol car, got into the other vehicle and drove off. “said Singleton.
“We’re guessing they’re going to dump that car at the first opportunity when they get wind that the description is out there,” the sheriff said. “So we’re back to square one.”
Florence City Council member Bill Griffin said he saw Vicky White and Casey White in a vehicle during the escape on Friday.
Griffin said he was shooting a commercial for his municipal district when he saw Vicky White driving past him with Casey White in the back seat. He recognized her and waved at her, Griffin said. They drove slowly, and she waved at him twice before continuing on through a roundabout.
Griffin said that upon returning home that evening, he learned from his wife that the two were missing.
“I’m so disappointed in her,” says DA
Vicky White was due to retire the day she disappeared after nearly two decades with the department – although her retirement fund paperwork was not processed, the sheriff said.
Now relatives and colleagues of the woman described as ‘a model employee’ with ‘a spotless record’ have expressed disbelief at her disappearance and the emerging details.
Lauderdale County District Attorney Chris Connolly last spoke to Vicky White the day before she disappeared and said he was “absolutely stunned” to learn of the situation. Connoly described the officer as “the most solid person in prison”.
“I’m so disappointed in her,” he said. “She was trusted, and she exploited that trust.”
Vicky White’s mother, who she had been living with for five weeks after selling her house, said she had never heard her daughter mention Casey White and was shocked to learn she had disappeared with an accused murderer .
Davis lived next door to her daughter and said selling the home below market raised no red flags, she told CNN on Wednesday.
“She was coming home from work, having dinner at my house and picking up her dog,” she told CNN. “She was walking her dog and that was her daily routine.”
They last spoke Friday and discussed her dog, Davis said.
The Marshals Service is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information to locate the fugitive detainee and up to $5,000 for the missing officer.
Tina Burnside, Jade Gordon, Chuck Johnston, Eric Levenson, Jamiel Lynch, Jon Passantino, Jaide Timm-Garcia, Amara Walker and CNN’s Ryan Young contributed to this report.