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Investigators are turning Vicky White’s “world upside down” as they intensify their manhunt for the fugitive district attorney and escapee, Casey Cole White, who disappeared from an Alabama facility more than a week ago, says Lenny DePaul, chief of staff of the United States. the US Marshal Service. †
Saturday marked day 9 of the manhunt for Casey Cole White, 38, and Vicky White, 56. Vicky and Casey are not related, but were in the throes of a “prison romance” when they slipped out of the Lauderdale County Detention center in Florence, Alabama, on April 29, Sheriff Rick Singleton told reporters Friday.
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At the time, Vicky White, a senior corrections officer, left Casey alone and told colleagues she was transporting him for an evaluation at the county courthouse, officials said. She would have said she would see her doctor then.
But Casey wasn’t scheduled for an evaluation at the time, researchers later found.
While the mystery surrounding their whereabouts persists more than a week later, DePaul told Fox News Digital Vicky and Casey White that “it would be foolish to leave the country.”
“That would be a stupid move,” DePaul, the now-retired commander of the US Marshal Service’s New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force, said Friday, when asked about online speculation that the couple had fled elsewhere. possibly to Mexico or Canada. † “It doesn’t make life difficult for us as an agency.”
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DePaul spent decades with the US Marshal Service. He retired in 2013 and is not involved in the police manhunt for the couple.
“Don’t forget, Interpol, there are 186 countries under it – we work well with our international people. We have an international branch within the Marshal Service and we are on the ground in several countries,” DePaul continued. “We are way ahead in that area.”
And while they would be foolish to leave the US, “it would help us,” DePaul said.
Since authorities learned of Vicky White’s escape with Casey White, law enforcement officers at all levels have “turned her world upside down,” said the longtime federal agent and US Navy veteran.
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“She was on the outside. Regardless of whether he took care of her or not, and he got her on board and convinced her of anything, your focus is on her now,” DePaul continued. “That digital footprint in today’s world is very, very important. Her trusted circle of friends – we call it ‘Who’s who at the zoo’. They look at everyone.”
From the get-go, DePaul said, researchers would investigate not only who Vicky White spoke to, but “what kinds of websites did she visit? What’s their game plan?”
In the month before the escape, Vicky White is said to have sold her house. She was due to retire on April 29 — the day the couple disappeared — but the paperwork hadn’t been officially filed with the state.
She also purchased a 2007 orange-colored Ford Edge SUV, which was located Thursday night in Bethesda, Tennessee, in Williamson County.
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“They have cash,” DePaul continued. “They can afford provisions. They can afford to go dark, not talk to anyone. The big question is, how long will they last together?’
Marshals describe White as six feet tall and about 330 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes. Law enforcement footage shows him wearing his hair in a variety of ways over the years, including shaved, shaggy and with a buzz cut.
He stands considerably taller than Vicky White who is 5 feet-5 inches and about 145 pounds. She has brown eyes and is said to have a ‘woddling gait’.
DePaul said Casey White’s decidedly tall stature and the difference in the pair’s height make it “difficult” to avoid public attention.
“The time is on the side of the researchers. They have nothing but time. These people sleep with one eye open. They don’t know what their next move will be, who’s watching them?’ he explained.
DePaul noted that the couple could have split up sometime after the flight.
In the more than a week since the couple fled, the US Marshal Service has gradually released a flood of new information and photos.
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New USMS images from late Thursday include photos showing what Vicky White would look like if she changed her hair color from her normal blonde to a darker shade, or if she shortened it from her typical height.
And several new images show the numerous tattoos Casey White wore on both sides of his chest, arms and back. The tattoos include a horseshoe decal with a red-colored flower on his left chest; ink that covered his entire right shoulder and another tattoo that covered part of his left arm; and a Confederate flag on its back decorated with the words “Southern Pride” in rough script.
He is said to have ties to the local ‘Southern Brotherhood’, a ‘white supremacist prison gang’.
Authorities said Casey White should be “considered armed and extremely dangerous”. The pair may also be in possession of multiple firearms, including a shotgun, an AR-15 and possibly Vicky White’s service weapon.
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Casey White was serving a 75-year sentence for a slew of 2015 crimes, including carjacking, a home burglary and a police chase. He was serving his sentence at the William E. Donaldson Correctional Facility in Bessemer, Alabama, but was transferred to Lauderdale County Prison while awaiting trial for the 2015 murder of 58-year-old Connie Ridgeway.
Casey and Vicky White met in 2020, when Casey was housed in downtown Lauderdale after confessing to the 2015 murder, authorities said. The pair kept in touch and are said to have spoken by phone between 2020 and 2022, even as Casey was transported to the Donaldson center before being sent back to Lauderdale to await his trial.
On Friday, the USMS revealed that they had received a tip about a vehicle that matched the 2007 Ford Edge’s description around 11 p.m. Thursday, and have since been able to confirm that the SUV was the same one used by the fugitive couple.
Using the tip, they were able to track the vehicle to a towage site in Williamson County, Tennessee, about two hours north of where the manhunt began, the office said.
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Tennessee’s Williamson County Sheriff’s Office said in a tweet Friday that the fugitive vehicle had been abandoned in Bethesda “a week ago.” “There is NO sign that the two are still in our area,” the tweet read.
Officials are now offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information law enforcement leads to the couple. Anyone with information on their whereabouts is requested to call the US Marshals at 1-800-336-0102.
Adam Sabes of Fox News contributed to this report.