The US Marshals Service is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the capture of escaped prisoner Casey Cole White and the location of “missing and endangered correctional officer” Vicky White. Bothafter Vicky White took Casey White in for what she told others was a mental health evaluation.
“Do not attempt to apprehend this fugitive,” US Marshal Marty Keely said in a statement Sunday.
Casey White, 38, was being held in the Lauderdale County Jail in Alabama awaiting trial on capital murder charges prior to his disappearance. He was already serving time for a series of crimes in 2015 that included “home invasion, carjacking and police pursuit,” the Marshals Service said, when he “confessed to the murder.”
White is described by the US Marshals Service as being 6 feet 9 inches tall and weighing around 260 pounds with hazel eyes and brown hair.
The Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office released the most recent footage of Casey White it had on Sunday.
Deputy Director of Corrections Vicky White walked out of jail with Casey White at 9:41 a.m. Friday, according to Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton. The two are not related. She told other officials that she would drop Casey White off at the courthouse for a mental health evaluation and then she would go to a doctor’s appointment, Singleton said at a news conference Friday.
According to Singleton, Vicky White’s patrol car was found in the mall parking lot around 11 a.m. and officials realized around 3:30 p.m. that Casey White had never been returned to custody and that no one was able to contact her. in contact with Vicky White.
Vicky White was armed with a 9mm pistol at the time of her disappearance, Singleton said, leading authorities to believe Casey White is now armed and “extremely dangerous.”
Singleton said Friday that after speaking with the court, officials confirmed that no mental health evaluation was scheduled. He also said his decision to take the inmate to court alone was “a strict violation of policy,” since someone accused of such a serious crime should have been accompanied by two officers.
“Obviously, you know, we’re looking at it from all angles,” Singleton said Friday. “She helped him escape? That’s obviously a possibility. So we’re looking into that as one angle of the investigation. Was she kidnapped on the way to court? You know, taken against her will? That’s obviously another angle you’re looking at”.
The sheriff’s office has not provided any other updates beyond the new images of Casey White released on Sunday. A news conference is scheduled for 10:30 am Monday.
The Marshals Service said those with information should contact the service at 1-800-336-0102 or leave an anonymous tip through the US Marshals Tip app.
Victoria Albert contributed reporting.