Hunting Alabama Fugitive Casey White, Retired Correctional Officer Vicky White: What We Know Today
Vicky White, an assistant correctional director at the Lauderdale County Jail, and Casey Cole White, a man jailed for murder, have been missing since leaving the jail Friday morning.
Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton is expected to provide an update Monday morning.
In an interview with Birmingham TV station WBRC, the sheriff said Vicky White turned in her pension papers on Thursday and Friday is her last day.
“There is no question that she helped with this escape,” the sheriff said, although it is not known if she did so willingly or because she was forced.
This article will be updated with information from today’s press conference.
Here’s what we know so far:
The US Marshals Service is offering up to $10,000 for information leading authorities to the couple.
For information, contact the USMS Communications Center at 1-800-336-0102. Anonymous tips can also be submitted through the US Marshals Tip App.
“Casey White is considered a serious threat to corrections officers and the public,” said US Marshal Marty Keely.
“Don’t try to apprehend this fugitive,” Keely said.
The two have been missing since leaving the prison at 9:41 a.m. Friday morning. The two are not related.
Before leaving the jail on Friday, Vicky White urged jail officials to prepare Casey White for transport to county court for a mental health evaluation, the sheriff said, although such a court appearance was not scheduled.
Two vans set out that morning to transport inmates to the courthouse, Singleton told WBRC, and minutes later Vicky White told workers at the prison to bring Casey White to her. Since all the other deputies were busy, she said she would take him herself.
The two never arrived at the courthouse, which is located in downtown Florence, about half a mile from the county jail.
At 11:34 a.m., about two hours after the couple left the jail, a Florence police officer saw White’s squad car. It was parked between vehicles that were offered for sale. Like other law enforcement agencies, the officer was unaware at the time that Officer White and Casey White were missing.
At 3:30 p.m., a prison official reported to administration that she had tried to contact Deputy White, but the calls went straight to voicemail. The clerk also reported that Casey White had not returned to prison.
After law enforcement announced the couple was missing, a member of the public reported seeing the patrol car in a mall parking lot, according to the sheriff’s office. Officers searched the vehicle but found no evidence.
As of 5:30 p.m., about 20 local investigators were working on the case, reviewing surveillance video from the courthouse, jail, mall and other locations.
Singleton said the two may have left in a different vehicle, but they have no description of that vehicle.
Who is Vicky White?
Singleton has said Vicky White was “an exemplary employee” during her 17 years in the sheriff’s office before she broke policy by traveling alone with a prisoner. Two sworn deputies are to accompany the inmates.
Singleton told WBRC this was the first time he had learned of their policy violation during that time.
Vicky White’s mother, Pat Davis, told WAAY TV that even if her daughter helped the inmate escape, she should turn herself in before she gets hurt.
“She’s never done anything, I bet she hasn’t even gotten a speeding ticket. But I mean, she’s always been what I’m saying, a good person. And like I said, it’s all a shock,” Davis told the network.
“We want her home. We’ll pick her up if she just calls and tells us to come and pick her up. We pick them up,” she says.
Why was Casey White in prison?
In 2020, Casey White was charged with murder in the October 23, 2015 murder of Connie Jane Ridgeway.
Rogersville police found Ridgeway’s body in the living room of her apartment after a neighbor applied for welfare. The 59-year-old woman lived at the Meadowland Apartments on Prince Drive in Rogersville, across from the Lauderdale County High School football field.
Ridgeway’s son, Austin Williams, told WHNT he was shocked by the news of the escape.
“Someone really needs to figure out how this happened,” Williams told the broadcaster.
“Somebody really needs to look at this and make sure it can’t happen again because we’d really like to see him in court.”
This is an evolving story and will be updated.