These are some of the clues supporting the belief that Alabama corruption officer Vicky White and murder suspect Casey White were in a romantic relationship before both disappeared last week, Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton said.
Vicky White, 56, and Casey White, 38, who are not related, were reported missing Friday morning after she said she would take the inmate to the courthouse and planned to seek medical attention because she was not feeling well.
But the two never made it to the courthouse. And Vicky White didn’t make it to the medical facility.
Vicky White is now the subject of an active arrest warrant for allegedly allowing or facilitating first-degree escape, the sheriff said 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 strides in the weeks leading up to the escape. She had announced her retirement as deputy director of corrections and had sold her house for a price well below market value.
The home sold on April 18 for $95,550, documents show, while online records with Lauderdale County list the home’s total package value at $204,700.
Despite her retirement plans, her retirement papers were not finalized, and she is no longer employed by the county sheriff’s office, the department said Wednesday.
Details of a ‘special relationship’ emerge, sheriff says
Vicky and Casey White’s relationship dates back to 2020, authorities said, when Casey White – who had been in a state prison for some time – was first brought to Lauderdale County on a murder charge in connection with the 2015 death of 58-year-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” that was partially corroborated by other inmates who told investigators that Casey White “got extra food on his tray” and “got privileges that no one else got. And this was all from hair.”
The sheriff said the couple continued to communicate after Casey White was returned to the state prison, where he served 75 years in 2015 for a series of crimes. Casey White returned to the Lauderdale County detention facility in February to attend court hearings in his capital. murder case.
The Lauderdale County Jail had a policy that required two sworn officers to accompany inmates at all times — including during transportation to the courthouse. Singleton said the policy was highlighted after authorities discovered Casey White was carrying a makeshift knife in 2020 and planning to escape and take a hostage.
But last Friday morning, Vicky White ordered Casey White to be prepared for transport, telling the booking officer that since other officers had already left for the court and she was the only officer available with a certified firearm, she would take him to the courthouse. alone, said the sheriff.
“As the boss and about the transportation, she just told the booking officer that she would take him to the courthouse and drop him off, which was a blatant policy violation. But I’m sure because it was her boss, the booking officer had no doubts on,” Singleton said.
The sheriff has described Casey White as “an extremely dangerous person” and warned people not to approach him if they see him and instead to call the police.
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 unfolded
Surveillance video released by the detention center on Tuesday shows Casey White, chained and handcuffed in an orange jumpsuit, being escorted into the back of Vicky White’s patrol car on Friday morning.
From there, Singleton says, the couple drove to a mall less than 10 minutes away, exited 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 parked it in the parking lot the night before they disappeared, Singleton said.
“We know that no effort was ever made to get to the courthouse. They went straight to the Florence Square parking lot, dumped the patrol car, got into the other vehicle and left,” Singleton said.
“We’re assuming they’ll dump that car at the earliest opportunity when they hear 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 on Friday during this breakout.
Griffin said he was shooting a commercial for his community when he saw Vicky White drive past him with Casey White in the back seat. He recognized her and waved at her, Griffin said. They passed slowly and she waved back at him twice before continuing through a roundabout.
Griffin said when he got home that night, 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 went missing, after serving the department for nearly 20 years, although her retirement fund papers had not yet been processed, the sheriff said.
Now, relatives and colleagues of the woman described as “a model worker” with “impeccable track record” have expressed disbelief over her disappearance and 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 abused that trust.”
Vicky White’s mother, who she lived with for the past five weeks after selling her house, said she’d never heard her daughter talk about Casey White and was shocked to learn she’d gone missing with an accused murderer.
Davis lived next door to her daughter and said selling homes below the market raised no red flags, she told CNN on Wednesday.
“She would come home after work, eat at my house and pick up her dog,” she told CNN. “She would walk her dog and that was her routine every day.”
They last spoke on Friday and discussed her dog, Davis said.
The Marshals Service is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the fugitive’s location and up to $5,000 for the missing officer.
CNN’s Tina Burnside, Chuck Johnston, Eric Levenson, Jon Passantino, Jaide Timm-Garcia and Ryan Young contributed to this report.