On-the-run prison lovers Vicky and Casey White abandoned their orange SUV in Tennessee, hours after breaking out of jail, before the country realized they were missing, sheriffs admitted on Friday.
Vicky, a prison guard, helped her confessed killer Casey break free from the Lauderdale County Jail in Alabama last Friday morning.
She was supposed to be taking him to court but instead, they drove away from the jail in a police vehicle. They then switched to Vicky’s orange Ford Edge – which she bought under an alias.
They drove 100 miles north to Tennessee and then dumped the car. It’s unclear where they went next.
A photo released by Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office on Friday showed an apparent attempt to spray paint part of the car green.
The SUV was found on Friday April 29, just as news of their escape was spreading through America, but it wasn’t reported to police until last night. Police have now confirmed that it was Vicky’s car, and that she and Casey had tried to spray paint it before they dumped it. It remains unclear where they are now.
Inside the car, the sheriff found Vicky’s jail radio, handcuffs and keys.
‘Somebody might have given them a ride -they could have walked and then stolen a vehicle. No one knew they were missing at that time,’ Lauderdale County Rick Singleton said.
‘This was a well thought-out, calculated plan…. we’re sort of at a loss.’
Vicky recently withdrew $90,000 in cash from her bank, the proceeds of the sale of her home, according to police on Friday. New photos have also emerged of Casey’s many tattoos that include a back inking of a Confederate flag and Nazi symbols.
Other photos show what Vicky would look like if she dyed her hair from blonde to brown.
In a message to Vicky, Sheriff Singleton said: ‘If you’re still safe, get out and turn yourself in.’
Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office released these images which appeared to show an attempt to spray paint missing corrections officer Vicky White’s orange Ford SUV green. The discovery of the car was announced on Friday
Corrections officer Vicky White (left) and confessed murderer Casey White (right) shared an intimate relationship dating back to 2020 that authorities were unaware of, investigation revealed. The pair are not related
In light of his escape with Vicky, authorities are also re-opening an investigation into the mysterious death of his ex-girlfriend, Christy Shelton, in 2008.
Casey, 38, was there when Shelton was shot in the chest with a sawed-off shotgun. Her death was ruled a suicide, but her family never believed the story, WAFF reports.
Casey has a history of violence with partners, having shot at his ex-girlfriend during a crime spree in which he killed a dog and held her roommates at gunpoint.
The 2015 incident culminated in the 6ft 9in ‘monster’ being sentenced to 75 years in prison on charges including attempted murder.
The search for Casey and guard Vicky White, 56, is intensifying as Lauderdale County deputies joined forces with the US Marshals, the Secret Service and other agencies to locate the fugitive pair.
The two developed a secret ‘special relationship’ during phone calls while Casey was being held in a different jail.
Casey White, the convicted killer who remains on-the-run with a corrections officer after breaking out of an Alabama jail last week, is shown in new photos
Casey White’s Confederate tattoo with ‘Southern Pride’ inscribed around the edges
Another image shows the height difference between the pair. They have been on the run since last week
It’s just a matter of time… we’ll get them
‘We’re having to do a nationwide search. And we’ve got boots on the ground across the country, following up on tips and leads for us through the U.S. Marshal’s fugitive task force,’ Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton told Al.com.
‘So it’s just a matter of time. We’ll get them. Obviously, the sooner the better.’
On Thursday, Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton – Vicky’s boss – says the search for the pair is intensifying but they still have no ‘clue where they’re at’
Authorities have warned that the pair are ‘armed and dangerous’ and that Casey White is a ‘bad guy’ – having confessed to killing a 59-year-old woman back in 2015 while serving a 75-year sentence for other crimes.
Deputies in Limestone County will open an investigation into the death of his ex-girlfriend Christy Shelton.
On Thursday, Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton said the search for the pair continues across the country, but he revealed that local and national authorities have no idea where the two could be.
‘We don’t really have a clue where they’re at,’ he told Al.com.
He continued: ‘I don’t know what their game plan was. It’s obvious this was very well planned out. It could be they’re just holed up somewhere waiting for things to die down.’
The sheriff added that his department has brought in counselors for their colleagues, some of whom are still in shock that the stellar employee of 17 years could have run away with a confessed killer the day she was set to retire.
‘I think some of them had gotten gifts for her and different things because they all respected her but some of them almost looked at her as a mother figure,’ Singleton said.
‘They’re just devastated.’
Shelton was shot in the chest with a sawed-off shotgun. Casey was there when she died, authorities say, but her death was ruled a suicide
Corrections officer Vicky White kept her ‘special relationship’ with Casey White alive while he served a 75-year sentence in state prison for a crime spree that involved him shooting at his ex-girlfriend, according to Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton.
Casey was moved from state prison to the county jail where Vicky works in February to face trial on separate capital murder charges.
Vicky then sold her house and planned to retire on Friday before taking off with him instead. A warrant has been issued for her arrest.
Video of her leading the 6ft9in inmate out of jail shows she was ‘prepared’ to help him escape, says Human Behavior Academy president Susan Constantine.
‘It was really obvious to me what was going on here was planned out, methodical, and she had played it out in her mind, even to where how she parked the car,’ she told Fox News. ‘She was prepared.’
Her ‘waddling gait’ as she stepped out of her car and walked in to retrieve Casey shows she was ‘rough around the edges’ and somewhat masculine, Constantine said.
Authorities are on day eight of a US Marshal-led manhunt for the fugitive pair. They could be armed with an AR-15 and a shotgun and may have used a copper 2007 Ford Edge to get away.
The latest footage shows them driving through the intersection of Huntsville Road and Cox Creek Parkway at 9.49am on Friday
Vicky is pictured ‘waddling’ into the jail and opening an interior door on Friday. Casey is believed to have been in the hallway at the time
Surveillance video previously released showed Vicky helping Casey escape from the Lauderdale County Jail, where he had been incarcerated. The pair then fled together
New video released Wednesday shows Vicky and Casey driving to the Florence Square shopping center on Friday where they abandoned the sheriff’s car used during the escape
Surveillance video taken at the Lauderdale County Jail showed the moment Vicky snuck 6ft 9in ‘monster’ Casey out of the facility before they went on the run with an AR-15 and a shotgun.
Casey was serving a 75-year sentence for attempted murder, burglary, robbery, kidnapping and animal cruelty. He also faced murder charges after confessing to the fatal stabbing of Connie Ridgeway, 59.
The apparent lovers made a break for it on Friday after Vicky told superiors she was going to take Casey for a mental health evaluation on her last day before retirement.
The 56-year-old widow held the door for the 38-year-old thug – who was still wearing handcuffs – before they got into a black car and sped off at 9.30am on Friday.
New video released Wednesday shows Vicky and Casey driving to the Florence Square shopping center where they abandoned the sheriff’s car used during the escape.
The latest footage shows them driving through the intersection of Huntsville Road and Cox Creek Parkway at 9.49am on Friday, WAAY reported. The intersection is about a half-mile from the shopping center.
The cruiser was found abandoned in the center parking lot several hours after the escape.
The jailer and confessed killer shared an intimate relationship dating back to 2020.
Inmates allege Vicky ensured Casey ‘was getting extra food on his trays’ and ‘was getting privileges no one else got,’ a claim that Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton told CNN has been confirmed by an independent investigation.
‘As far as we know that was the earliest physical contact they had,’ Singleton said of the arraignment. He claims Casey and Vicky continued to communicate after the accused murderer was transferred back to the prison.
But cops and federal agents have launched a huge manhunt and drip-fed more information about the duo – including that the jailer had two aliases herself.
The manhunt comes as Casey’s ex-girlfriend begged Vicky to flee the killer, warning her she was not safe with him
Sheriff Singleton, who described Vicky as ‘an exemplary employee,’ issued a plea to the former jail guard, asking her to turn herself in.
‘Vicky you’ve been in this business for 17 years, you’ve seen this scenario play out more than once and you know how it always ends,’ Singleton told Good Morning America Wednesday.
In 2020, Casey’s request to be transferred out of prison and into the county jail was denied after authorities found a makeshift knife stashed in the shower that they believed he intended to use to force someone to let him out
‘Now go ahead and end it now, get to a phone and call 911, turn yourself in and help us get Casey White back behind bars because you know that’s where he’s going to eventually end up.’
The sheriff said that as of Wednesday morning, investigators ‘don’t have any idea where they might be.’
‘We were making some good progress on that. We may be hindered now that some of that information has gotten out,’ Singleton explained. ‘But, you know, we’re still working around the clock to locate them and try to get them back in custody.’
The sheriff also noted, despite hopes of her colleagues and superiors at the Lauderdale County Jail, all signs suggest Vicky willingly participated in the escape.
‘The pieces of the puzzle just came together,’ he said.
‘I think all of our employees and myself included were really hoping that she did not participate in this willingly. But all indications are that she absolutely did.
‘We’re very disappointed in that because we had the utmost trust in her as an employee and as an assistant director of corrections.’
Vicky is a 17-year veteran of the sheriff’s office. Singleton said she had been discussing retirement for several months and submitted necessary documentation to do so last Thursday.
Friday, the day of Casey’s escape, was set to be her last day on the job. The sheriff previously said she ‘talked about going to the beach’ after retirement.
She had also been living with her mother after selling her Lexington home on April 18.
US Marshals are offering rewards up to $5,000 for information leading to Vicky White and $10,000 for information leading to Casey White