An Alabama corrections officer and a prisoner are believed to have helped the duo go missing in late April.
On Monday, US marshals in Evansville, Indiana chased a Ford pickup driven by fugitive Casey White, which had corrections officer Vicky White as a passenger, officials said In a press conference. The truck got damaged during the search. As Nation World News reports, Casey White surrendered and Vicky White was taken to hospital for treatment after a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
“It has been a very long and stressful and challenging week-and-a-half to an end,” the officials said. thankfully no one else got hurt “As a result of this exodus.”
Vicky White, 56, and Casey White, 38, went missing on Friday, April 30, while she was taking him to court for a mental health evaluation. Despite sharing the same surname, the two are not related.
Surveillance video from that morning shows Casey White, handcuffed and in an orange jumpsuit, loading into the back of Vicky White’s squad car at the Lauderdale County Detention Center.
The pair never made it to court, however, where no mental health evaluation of the inmate was scheduled, Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton later confirmed.
Instead, and in violation of a department policy that two deputies accompany the prisoners at all times, the pair go alone to a nearby shopping center.
Officers told Nation World News that they then left the patrol car in the parking lot of the shopping center and boarded the copper-colored Ford Edge SUV that Vicky had dropped there the night before.
“We know that no attempt was ever made to go to court,” Singleton said. “They went straight to the Florence Square parking lot, abandoned the patrol car, got into another vehicle and left.”
The sheriff’s office told The Associated Press that it appeared the two shared a “special relationship,” but did not elaborate.
A warrant was issued for the arrest of Vicky White on 2 May, accusing her of “allowing or facilitating an escape in the first degree”.
At a press conference announcing the charges, Sheriff Singleton acknowledged that the corrections officer may not have voluntarily aided the prisoner, given that he had a long and violent rap sheet.
Casey White was being held on capital manslaughter charges over the 2015 stabbing of 58-year-old Connie Ridgeway, a crime she allegedly committed in state prison for several other offenses including robbery, theft, carjacking and animal cruelty. I had confessed.
Friday was supposed to be the last day at work before Vicky White’s retirement. Colleagues say she has been an exemplary employee with an impeccable record.
Sarah Ruiz-Grossman contributed to this report.