Search for Vicky White and Casey White: Authorities still don’t know whereabouts of missing Alabama inmate and former corrections officer after hitting another dead end in search



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As the search continues for a missing former Alabama corrections officer and an inmate charged with murder, authorities remain unclear where the pair may have gone after the SUV they used after leaving the prison revealed little new information in the case.

Officials of the 2007 Ford SUV believe that Vicky White, 56, and inmate Casey White, 38, were traveling when they escaped from the Lauderdale County Detention Center in Alabama more than a week ago were located in a Tennessee towing ground, Sheriff Rick Singleton said Friday. during a press conference.

“The car was cleaned up,” the sheriff told CNN on Saturday. “There was nothing left in the vehicle. They apparently took everything they had with them.

The correctional officer, no longer employed by the sheriff’s office, left with the inmate from the jail on the morning of April 29, saying she would take him to the courthouse for a mental health assessment. She also said she would seek medical attention for herself after dropping him off because she was not feeling well.

The couple never made it to the courthouse or medical facility, sparking a manhunt involving local and federal authorities.

The two are not related but may have been romantically involved, Singleton said.

“It’s been a tough week, a tough week, a discouraging week,” Singleton told CNN on Saturday. “Ultimately, as a sheriff, I’m in charge of the jail, and that rests on my shoulders.

“I want to see that we put Casey White back behind bars, and I want to see Vicky White brought in so we can figure out exactly what she was thinking,” Singleton added.

Although the location of the SUV gave authorities an idea of ​​the direction the couple was heading, investigators are still trying to piece together their movements days after leaving the prison in a patrol car.

Detention center surveillance video showed the couple getting into a patrol car at the facility the morning of their disappearance, with Casey White handcuffed and shackled, officials said.

The patrol car was then abandoned in a mall parking lot near the jail with Vicky White’s jail keys, radio and handcuffs inside. The couple then drove off in an orange Ford SUV that Vicky White had bought and left in the same parking lot the night before, Singleton said.

On Friday, authorities said they located the SUV, which had been in a Tennessee tow lot for about a week. The SUV was taken there after being found abandoned in the woods and without any identifying information last Friday.

Authorities believe the SUV may have encountered mechanical problems, which caused the sudden stop in this area.

The discovery means the pair drove about two hours north of Williamson County, Tennessee, after disappearing from jail in Florence, Alabama, Singleton explained at Friday’s news conference.

“We now know where the car is, we know which way they went,” the sheriff said. “We are trying to survey the area for witnesses, also trying to research, to see if any stolen vehicles have been reported in this area during this time.”

Investigators do not yet know if the couple stole another vehicle or took a ride with someone else, the sheriff said.

“We’re kind of back to square one,” he said. “After Friday afternoon, when they abandoned that car, which way they went, we don’t know.”

Vicky White’s experience in law enforcement helped the couple evade capture, officials say.

“His knowledge of corrections and his knowledge of the procedures we use here at the sheriff’s office definitely worked to his advantage. I think it was a very well thought out plan,” Singleton said Friday at the press conference.

Vicky White had submitted her retirement papers before she disappeared and the day of the escape was to be her last day of work.

She now has an active arrest warrant for allegedly enabling or facilitating a first-degree escape. She is no longer employed by the sheriff’s office, the office said.

Investigators believe she had a large sum of money when she and the inmate disappeared and that she used aliases, including for the purchase of the vehicle, Singleton said. “I guess she probably ditched those aliases and probably has new identities now,” he explained.

Additionally, the pair should be considered armed and dangerous and may have AR-15 rifles, handguns and a shotgun, the US Marshals Service warned.

Before escaping, Casey White was serving 75 years for a string of crimes in 2015, including a home invasion, carjacking and police pursuit, according to the US Marshals Service. He also faces two counts of capital murder in the stabbing death of 59-year-old Connie Ridgeway in 2015, the service said.

The US Marshals Service offered up to $10,000 for information leading to the detainee’s arrest and up to $5,000 for the former officer. Alabama Governor Kay Ivey also declared an additional reward of $5,000 each for information leading to the couple’s arrest.


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