The Associated Press
Published Monday, May 2, 2022 at 11:34 AM EDT
Last updated Monday, May 2, 2022 at 3:25 PM EDT
FLORENCE, Ala. ( Associated Press) — Authorities issued an arrest warrant Monday for a prison officer they say helped an inmate avoid trial on a murder charge. alabama prison. The search was on for the couple.
Inmate Casey Cole White, 38, was handcuffed and handcuffed when he and Vicky White, assistant director of corrections, left the Lauderdale County Detention Center in Florence, alabama, Friday morning. They have not been seen since, although the patrol vehicle that the couple used when leaving the detention center was found in a nearby shopping center parking lot after their absence was discovered.
The officers do not know where they are, although the prisoner should be recognized by his size. He is 6 feet, 9 inches (2.06 m) tall and weighs around 260 pounds. Officials warned that anyone watching the pair should not approach them.
“We consider both dangerous and there is every possibility that both men are armed,” US Marshal Marty Keely told a news conference on Monday. He said Casey White would “stand out” because of his size even if he changed his appearance.
Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton said Monday that he had issued an arrest warrant for accusing or allowing Vicky White to escape. He is not related to White.
According to Singleton, he violated a policy that required more than one officer to join him in transportation. The policy was enforced after White had been jailed two years earlier and officials believed he was planning an escape.
“We know that he took part, whether he did so voluntarily or if he was compelled, he somehow threatened to participate in the case, not really sure. We know for certain that he had participated,” Singleton said.
Vicky White tells coworkers that she is taking him to the courthouse for a mental health evaluation. But Singleton later stated that no such evaluation was scheduled. He said the video showed the couple leaving the jail and headed straight to the parking lot.
“Casey White, as you’ve heard me say over and over again, is a very dangerous person and we need to find her and get her off the road,” Singleton said.
White was already serving a prison sentence for attempted murder and burglary when he disappeared. He was to be tried next month for the stabbing to death of a 58-year-old woman. If convicted, he could face the death penalty.
The US Marshals Service is offering up to $10,000 for information.
The sheriff said he was shocked by the incident.
“This is not the Vicky White we know by any stretch of the imagination,” said the sheriff.
Singleton said Vicky White was an exemplary employee and that the prison staff were “simply devastated.”
Vicky White had planned to retire and that Friday was his last day. She said she sold her house about a month ago and “talked about going to the beach.”
The sheriff said at this point he has no clue where the two are located.
“If we knew where they were, we would be there and not here,” Singleton said.
The US Marshals Service said that anyone with information about the location of Casey White or the disappearance of Vicky White can call the service at 1-800-336-0102. Anonymous tips can also be submitted through the US Marshals Tip app.