The US Marshals Service issued new posters in the search for an escape from the Lauderdale County Detention Center and the corrections officer believed to have helped him get away.
A reward of up to $5,000 is offered for information leading authorities to Vicky Sue White, an assistant director of corrections at the jail, along with the up to $10,000 reward offered for Casey Cole White, a capital murder suspect who escaped Friday.
As the Marshals Service, FBI, Alabama Bureau of Investigation and Lauderdale County investigators continue to search for Vicky White and Casey White, who are not related, an investigation continues, too, into what relationship might have existed between the jailer and the inmate.
The posters list both Vicky White, 56, and Casey White, 38, as armed and dangerous. The posters also show an updated photo of the male suspect, and an out-of-uniform image of the corrections officer.
The reward offered in the location of Casey White was announced Sunday; the offer of financial incentive for the finding of Vicky White came after warrants were obtained for her, charging her with aiding or facilitating an escape.
Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton alerted the public about the escape Friday, revealing that on that morning, Vicky White told her subordinates at the jail that she was transporting Casey White to the courthouse for a mental evaluation; she said she was not feeling well and would seek medical attention herself after the transport.
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In fact, there was no mental evaluation scheduled for Casey White, and Vicky White never sought medial attention herself. The marked vehicle they left the detention center in was found in a parking lot; surveillance camera footage was found showing that they headed directly for that parking lot, not toward the courthouse.
Jail regulations called for two armed officers to transport a prisoner with charges such as capital murder; Singleton said those instructions had been emphasizing with Casey White after an incident when he was jailed there in 2020. Jail staff got word of a planned escape attempt and found him with a shank. Singleton said White would have been aware of those concerns.
Still, Singleton said, it was Vicky White’s job to arrange inmate transports and she was the boss; No one questioned her actions until later in the day, when jail staff realized Casey White had not returned and they were not able to reach the corrections officer by phone.
On Monday, more details were revealed. Vicky White had turned in paperwork to retire; Friday was to be her last day on the job. She closed on the sale of her Lexington home April 12 and had been living with her mother since then. Singleton said the sale of her home, for more than $95,000, could have given her some cash; no retirement money had come her way yet.
While Singleton said investigators are looking at the possibility of some sort of romantic relationship between the jailer and the inmate, he has said Vicky White could be in danger now regardless of her role in the escape.
The US Marshals Service describes Vicky White as 5 feet 5 inches tall, weighing 145 pounds. Casey White, accused in the murder-for-hire stabbing death of Connie Ridgeway of Rogersville, and serving a 75-year sentence for kidnapping and other charges, was described as 6 feet 9 inches tall, weighing 340 pounds.
Contact Gadsden Times reporter Donna Thornton at 256-393-3284 or email@example.com.
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