The Alabama Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday that escaped murder suspect Casey Cole White and missing correctional officer Vicky White, who is suspected of helping him escape, had a “special relationship”. The sheriff’s office did not provide any additional information about the alleged relationship.
“Investigators received information from inmates at the Lauderdale County Detention Center over the weekend that there was a special relationship between Director White and inmate Casey White,” the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. release. “That relationship has now been confirmed through our investigation by independent sources and media.”
It’s still not entirely clear what led to Casey Cole White, 38, escaping from the detention center on Friday. Authorities previously said Vicky White, 56, a deputy director of corrections, told other officials Friday morning that she would drop Casey Cole White off at the courthouse for a mental health evaluation and then see a doctor for treatment. medical. For herself. White had spent more than 15 years with the department, officials said, noting that Friday was supposed to be her last day on the job before retirement.
Shortly after 11 a.m., someone found his patrol vehicle in a shopping center parking lot, authorities said Friday. Officers realized at approximately 3:30 pm that day that Vicky could not be located and that Casey had not been returned to custody.
Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton told reporters Friday night that a mental health evaluation had not been scheduled. He also said his decision to take Casey to court alone violated department policy that would have required at least two officers to transport him.
On Monday, Singleton said surveillance footage showed the patrol car was seen at a red light about two blocks from the mall’s parking lot just eight minutes after the couple left the detention center.
“There wasn’t enough time for them to even try to come to court,” he said.
Asked Monday if he thinks Vicky helped Casey escape, Singleton said: “We know she was involved.”
“Now, if she did it voluntarily or if she was coerced, threatened in some way to participate in the escape, I’m not really sure, but we know for a fact that she did participate,” he added.
Singleton said he and other officials were stunned by what happened. “Those of us who work with Vicky White and have worked with her for years, this is not the Vicky White we know, not by a long shot,” he said. “She has been an exemplary employee.”
The US Marshals Service on Sunday offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to finding Vicky and capturing Casey. On Monday, authorities issued a warrant for Vicky’s arrest for “allowing or facilitating flight in the first degree.”
Prior to his disappearance, Casey White had been held in the Lauderdale County Jail awaiting trial on capital murder charges. Authorities said he is considered armed and dangerous, and urged residents to call 911 instead of confronting him if they see him.
Authorities previously said the couple were not related despite having the same last name.