Alabama inmate and former corrections officer captured after 11 days on the run

Authorities announced at 6pm local time (8am AEST) that the pair had been taken into custody after a chase in Evansville, Indiana, which ended with the vehicle they were traveling in crashing.

Police have reported that Vicky White has been hospitalized with injuries sustained in the crash.

Inmate Casey White and former Alabama corrections officer Vicky White have been missing for nearly two weeks. (CNN)
Hours earlier, police released photos of who they believed to be casey white caught on a surveillance camera at an Evansville car wash.

It was the first time White was believed to have been seen since escaping from a detention center in Lauderdale County, Alabama, with the correctional officer on April 29.

Investigators had been notified that a 2006 Ford F-150 had been discovered at a car wash in Evansville, 175 miles north of Williamson County, Tennessee, where the 2007 Ford Edge in which the couple were traveling was found abandoned.

The owner provided the footage from a security camera, the US Marshals Service said in a statement.

Sheriffs in Indiana said they were “following up on a tip after a vehicle believed to have been used by the two Alabama fugitives was found abandoned in the area.”

Casey White, who is facing murder charges, is considered dangerous and is armed, the US Marshals Service said last week.

A reward of up to US$15,000 was offered for information leading to his capture and US$10,000 for information leading to the capture of Vicky White.

New charges against Vicky White

In Alabama, new charges have been filed against Vicky White in connection with the inmate’s escape, the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Department said Monday.

The allegations stem from her using an alias to purchase the vehicle used in the getaway, a 2007 Ford Edge, authorities said.

The warrant shows that Vicky White is wanted on charges of forgery and identity theft.

Vicky White, who was deputy director of corrections for Lauderdale County, released Casey White from the county jail on April 29, saying she would take him in for a mental health evaluation, which authorities later learned had never been scheduled.

She then said that she was going to get medical attention after she dropped the inmate off because she was not feeling well.

Vicky White’s use of aliases may have been complicating the search for the two, Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton said.

A photographic rendering from the US Marshals Service showed what Vicky White would look like with darker hair. (CNN)

“If she was using her own identity, it would be pretty easy for us to find her,” Singleton told CNN’s Bianna Golodryga.

“We know he used a fake ID to buy a car here locally.

“He had two fake IDs that we know of, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he had new or additional ones now.”

Video footage shows escape was well prepared, sheriff says

Surveillance video footage of Vicky White taken before the escape shows the level of preparation that was taken for the escape, Singleton said.

Investigators found footage of White shopping for men’s clothing at a department store and an “adult store,” Singleton said, adding that he “obviously had a change of clothes” for the inmate.

“It just tells us that it was very well planned and calculated,” Singleton said.

“Obviously, she planned this escape well to the core.”

Investigators previously released video footage showing Vicky White at a Quality Inn in Florence, where she stayed the night before the escape more than a week ago.

The patrol car that the officer and the inmate took out of jail was found abandoned in a shopping center parking lot.

Vicky White’s keys, radio and handcuffs were found inside..

Authorities believe the couple left the lot in a different vehicle: Vicky White’s 2007 Ford SUV that she parked in the lot the night before.

The vehicle was seen May 6 at a Tennessee towing lot.

The car had been abandoned in the woods without any identifying information the same day the duo escaped, indicating they drove approximately two hours north from the jail in Florence to Williamson County, Tennessee.

Vicky White and Casey White are seen leaving the Lauderdale County Jail. (CNN)

“Now we know where the car is, we know which way they went,” the sheriff said.

“We’re trying to canvass the area for witnesses, also trying to investigate, see if there were any reported stolen vehicles in that area during that time.”

Authorities believe the vehicle may have had mechanical problems that caused it to stop abruptly in the area.

“We don’t have any information or intelligence on how they left that area,” Singleton said.

“There are all kinds of possibilities. We’re looking at every possible scenario that we can think of,” the sheriff said when asked if anyone could help them.

It’s possible, given how long the two have been on the run, they may no longer be in the country, the sheriff said.

“That is something that we are also considering and trying to follow up on, especially with the Mexican and Canadian authorities,” Singleton said.

Vicky White, 56, and Casey White, 38, who are not related, have known each other since at least 2020 and had developed a romantic relationship, the sheriff told CNN earlier this week.

Prior to her disappearance, Vicky White had announced plans to retire and sold her home for well below market value.

He had an active warrant for his arrest for allegedly allowing or facilitating flight in the first degree.

He no longer works for the sheriff’s office, the office said, adding that while April 29 was his last day on the job, his retirement papers were never finalized.

Investigators believe Vicky White had a large amount of money when the couple disappeared, Singleton said, adding that authorities are working to find out more details.

Casey White was serving 75 years for a series of felonies and was awaiting trial for capital murder before escaping from jail with prison officer Vicki White.
Casey White was serving 75 years for a series of felonies and was awaiting trial for capital murder before escaping from jail with prison officer Vicki White. (CNN)

Vicky White’s mother has been “extremely cooperative” with investigators, Singleton said.

“Just like us, she’s totally lost. She didn’t know this side of her daughter, obviously, and she’s very distraught,” he said.

Officials share photos and rewards

The pair may have been armed with weapons including an AR-15 rifle, handguns and a shotgun, the US Marshals Service previously said.

The agency said Casey White threatened his ex-girlfriend and her sister in 2015 if he ever came out, “he would kill them and he wanted the police to kill him.”

Authorities warned the inmate’s “potential targets” and took steps to protect them, the Marshals Service said.

Investigators were also concerned that Casey White might not be taking medication to “control temper and that sort of thing,” Singleton said Monday.

“He has some issues that he’s taking medication for, and when he comes off it, I’m told he can be extremely violent,” Singleton said.

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The service also posted several photos of Casey White and her tattoos, as well as photographic depictions of what Vicky White, who was blonde when she disappeared, would have looked like with darker and shorter hair.

The agency was offering up to $10,000 for information leading to the inmate’s capture and up to $5,000 for the former officer.

On Friday, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey announced additional rewards of $5,000 each for information leading to the capture and arrest of Vicky White and Casey White.

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