Alabama Jailer Helps Murder Suspect Escape: Authorities
FLORENCE, Ala. — Authorities issued an arrest warrant Monday for a jail official who they say helped an inmate awaiting trial on a murder charge to escape from an Alabama jail. The pair were searched.
Inmate Casey Cole White, 38, was shackled and handcuffed when he and Vicky White, the facility’s assistant director of corrections, left the Lauderdale County Detention Center in Florence, Alabama, on Friday morning. Although they haven’t been seen since Friday morning, Vicky White (the facility’s assistant director of corrections), took Casey Cole White and Vicky White out of the Lauderdale County Detention Center in Florence. After their departure was reported, the vehicle used by the couple to get away from the center was found nearby at a parking lot for shopping centers.
The authorities do not know the location of their inmates, but they can recognize them by their physical size. He is approximately 6 feet 9 inches tall (2.06 m) and weighed in at 260 lbs. Officials warned anyone who sees the couple not to approach them.
The U.S. provided this image. The Marshals Service provided this image on Sunday, May 1, 2022. This is part of the wanted poster for Casey Cole White.
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“We consider both of them dangerous and in all probability, both individuals are armed,” U.S. At a Monday press conference, Marshal Marty Keely stated that both were dangerous and in all probability are armed. He noted that Casey White “will stand out” because of his size even if he has changed his appearance.
Rick Singleton of Lauderdale County said Monday they have issued Vicky White’s arrest warrant on her charges for allowing or permitting an escape. White is not her mother.
Singleton said that she violated a policy that mandated more than one official be involved with transporting White. This policy was in effect when White was imprisoned, two years earlier. Authorities believed that he planned to flee.
“We know she participated, whether she did that willingly or if she was coerced, threatened somehow to participate in the case, not really sure. We know for sure she did participate,” Singleton said.
Vicky White informed coworkers that Vicky was going to take Singleton to the courthouse for an evaluation of his mental health. Singleton said that no such evaluation had been scheduled. Singleton said that video shows the couple leaving the jail and going straight to the parking lot.
“Casey White, as you’ve heard me say over and over and over is an extremely dangerous person and we need to get him located and get him off the street,” Singleton said.
White had already served a sentence of 75 years for attempted murder and robbery, when he vanished. His latest charges had led to his return to jail. Next month, he was due to stand trial on the capital murder accusation that he stabbed a woman aged 58 to death in a 2015 burglary. He could be sentenced to death if he is convicted.
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Sheriffs were shocked at the unfolding events, he said.
“This is not the Vicky White we know, by any stretch of the imagination,” the sheriff said.
Singleton said Vicky White had been an exemplary employee and jail employees are “just devastated.”
Vicky White was planning to retire, and Friday would be her last day. He said she had sold her home about a month ago and “talked about going to the beach.”
Sheriff stated that they did not have any leads as to their location.
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“If we knew where they were at, we would be there and not here,” Singleton said.
Vicky White was an assistant corrections director and moved about the county detention center several times daily. Vicky had many opportunities each day to get in touch with inmates. Also, her job duties included coordination of transport for inmates.
Vicky White’s mother, Pat Davis, told WAAY that she is in shock and scared for her daughter.
“As a mother, I didn’t know how to act because I thought at first it was a mistake. And then when I found out for sure it was, it was just disbelief,” says Pat Davis. She told the station that “we just want her back” and found it difficult to believe her daughter would help an inmate escape.
“She’s never done anything, I bet she’s never even had a speeding ticket,” Pat Davis said.
U.S. Marshals Service said anyone with information about Casey White’s location or Vicky White’s disappearance can call the service at 1-800-336-0102. You can also submit anonymous tips through the U.S. Marshals Tip App.
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