These are some of the clues that support the belief that an Alabama corrections official and a murder suspect had been romantically involved before they both disappeared, Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton said. .
Vicky White, 56, and Casey White, 38, disappeared on Friday morning after saying she was taking the inmate to the courthouse before going to see a doctor because she was not feeling well.
But the two never made it to the courthouse. And Vicky White didn’t make it to the hospital.
Documents reveal that Vicky White, who had recently announced her intention to retire as assistant director of county corrections, sold her house just days before she and Casey White disappeared.
Documents show the home sold on April 18 for $95,550, well below current market value. Online records with Lauderdale County show the total parcel value of the home at $204,700.
Details of ‘special relationship’ emerge, says sheriff
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.
They traced the relationship back to 2020, when Casey White – who was already serving time in state prison – was first brought to Lauderdale County for a murder arraignment in connection with the 2015 death of 58 years old. Connie Ridgeway.
“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.
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.”
“I’m so disappointed in her,” says DA
Vicky White was due to retire on Friday after nearly two decades with the department – although her retirement fund documents have not been 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 .
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.
CNN’s Jade Gordon, Tina Burnside, Jon Passantino, Jamiel Lynch, Ryan Young, Jaide Timm-Garcia and Chuck Johnston contributed to this report.