Escaped inmate from Alabama, guard in custody in Indiana

By Theresa Waldrop and Christina Maxouris | CNN

[Breaking news update, published at 6:05 p.m. ET]

Alabama fugitive Casey White and corrections officer Vicky White are in custody and she is hospitalized for injuries sustained during a chase, authorities said at 6 p.m. ET Monday. They were arrested after a chase in Evansville, Indiana, and their vehicle crashed, officials said.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

[Original story, updated at 5:40 p.m. ET]

US Marshals have released photos of who they believe they are Alabama fugitive Casey White filmed by a surveillance camera at a car wash in Evansville, Indiana.

It’s the first time since White escaped from a Lauderdale County, Alabama detention center with correctional officer Vicky White that he has reportedly been spotted.

Vicky White was not seen in the photos.

Investigators were told Sunday night that a 2006 Ford F-150 had been discovered at a car wash in Evansville, about 175 miles north of Williamson County, Tennessee, where the 2007 Ford Edge the couple had been traveling in was found abandoned.

The owner provided security camera footage, the US Marshals Service said in a statement.

The Marshals are now in Indiana “on a tip after a vehicle believed to have been used by the two Alabama fugitives was found abandoned in the area,” the agency said.

Casey White, who faces murder charges, is considered dangerous and armed, the US Marshals Service said last week. A reward of up to $15,000 is offered for information leading to her capture and $10,000 for information leading to Vicky White’s capture.

New charges against Vicky White

In Alabama, new charges have been filed against Vicky White in connection with the escape of Casey White, the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Department announced Monday.

The allegations stem from the fact that she used a pseudonym to purchase the vehicle used in the escape, a 2007 Ford Edge, officials said. Warrant shows Vicky White is wanted for forgery and identity theft.

Vicky White, who was assistant director of Lauderdale County Corrections, took Casey White from the county jail on April 29, saying she was taking him for a mental health evaluation, which authorities later learned was ‘it had never been programmed. She then said she was going to get medical attention after dropping the inmate off because she was not feeling well.

Vicky White’s use of aliases could make it harder to find the two, Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton said Monday.

“If she used her own identity, maybe that would allow us to find her fairly easily,” Singleton told CNN’s Bianna Golodryga. “We know she used a fake ID to buy a car here locally.”

“She had two fake IDs that we are aware of, and I wouldn’t be shocked if she had new or new ones now,” the sheriff said.

Video footage shows escape was well planned, sheriff says

Surveillance video footage of Vicky White taken before the getaway shows the level of preparation for the escape, Singleton said.

Investigators found footage of White shopping for men’s clothing at a department store and at an “adult store,” Singleton said, adding that she “obviously had a change of clothes” for the inmate.

“It just tells us that it was very well planned and calculated,” Singleton said. “Obviously she planned this escape well until a T.”

Investigators previously released video footage showing Vicky White at a Quality Inn in Florence, where she spent the night before the escape more than a week ago.

The patrol car that the officer and inmate took from the jail was found abandoned in a mall parking lot. Vicky White’s prison keys, radio and handcuffs were found inside. Authorities believe the couple left the parking lot in a different vehicle: Vicky White’s 2007 Ford SUV that she parked in the parking lot the night before.

the the vehicle was spotted on May 6 at a Tennessee tow lot. The car had been abandoned in the woods without any identifying information on the same day the duo escaped, indicating they had driven about two hours north from the Florence Jail in Williamson County, Tennessee.

“We now know where the car is, we know which way they went,” the sheriff said. “We are trying to survey the area for witnesses, also trying to research, to see if any stolen vehicles have been reported in this area during this time.”

Authorities believe the vehicle may have had mechanical issues that caused the crash in the area.

At this time, investigators do not know where the two men headed after that, the sheriff said Monday.

“We have no information or intelligence on how they left that area,” Singleton said. “There are all kinds of possibilities. We’re looking at every possible scenario we can think of,” the sheriff said when asked if anyone could help.

It is possible, given the time the two men have been on the run, that they are no longer in the country, the sheriff said.

“It is something that we are also considering and trying to follow up, especially with Mexican and Canadian authorities,” Singleton said.

Vicky White, 56, and Casey White, 38, who are not related, have known each other for at least 2020 and had developed a romantic relationship, the sheriff told CNN earlier this week.

Prior to their disappearance, Vicky White announced her intention to retire and sold her house for a price well below market value.

She now has an active arrest warrant for allegedly enabling or facilitating a first-degree escape. She is no longer employed by the sheriff’s office, the office said, adding that April 29 was her last day on the job, her retirement papers were never finalized.

Investigators believe Vicky White had a large sum of money when the couple disappeared, Singleton said, adding that authorities are working to find more details.

Vicky White’s mother has been “extremely cooperative” with investigators, Singleton said Monday.

“Like us, she is completely lost. She didn’t know that side of her daughter, obviously, and she’s very upset,” he said.

Officials share photos and awards

The couple may be armed with weapons including an AR-15 rifle, handguns and a shotgun, the US Marshals Service said.

The agency said Casey White threatened his ex-girlfriend and sister in 2015 if he ever went out, “he would kill them and he wanted the police to kill him”. Authorities warned the detainee’s “potential targets” and took steps to protect them, the Marshals Service said.

Investigators are also concerned that Casey White may be taking medication to “control his mood and that sort of thing,” Singleton said Monday.

“He has issues that he’s on medication for, and when he’s off his medication, I’m told he can be extremely violent,” Singleton said.

The service also posted several photos of Casey White and her tattoos as well as photo renders of what Vicky White, who was blonde when she disappeared, would look like with darker, shorter hair.

The agency is offering up to $10,000 for information leading to the inmate’s capture and up to $5,000 for the former officer. On Friday, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey announced additional rewards of $5,000 each for information leading to the capture and arrest of Vicky White and Casey White.

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