Former Alabama corrections officer Vicky White has died from her injuries after shooting herself while leading US Marshals on a car chase in Indiana.
Vicky and escaped murder suspect Casey White were captured Monday afternoon after an 11-day manhunt that spanned multiple states.
The pair were found at a motel and led authorities on a brief car chase in Evansville that lasted ‘less than a few minutes,’ according to Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding.
Authorities say they crashed into their Cadillac to stop them. Their car overturned and Casey White surrendered.
Vicky White, who was driving, shot herself at some point before she was captured and was taken to the hospital with ‘very serious’ injuries, Wedding said.
The Vandenburgh County Coroner said she died at 7.06pm on Monday, according to WHNT reporter Emily Moessner.
She faced up to 10 years in jail for helping Casey, a confessed killer who was already serving 75 years in prison, run away.
The two were set to be brought back to Lauderdale County, Alabama to face various charges in connection with the escape. Casey will also face outstanding capital murder charges related to a 2015 killing.
Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton thanked investigators from the various national agencies that helped them capture the pair, along with the media for shedding light on the story.
‘Most escapes – from a county jail especially – they’re not planned. They’re just sort of spontaneous. There are no resources available, no plan in place,’ he said during a press conference Monday evening.
‘This escape was obviously well planned and calculated. A lot of preparation went into this. They had plenty of resources, had cash,’ he said, referring to the money that Vicky had on her from the recent sale of her home. ‘They had everything they needed to pull this off.
‘We were starting from ground zero, and not only that, we started – they got a six-hour head start on us.’
Singleton added: ‘We got a dangerous man off the streets today. He’s never gonna see the light of day again. That’s a good thing.’
Before Vicky died, he said of his employee, ‘I hope she survives this. She has some answers to give us.’
Confessed murderer Casey White, 38 (left) and 57-year-old prison guard Vicky White (right) were captured in Evansville, Indiana. Vicky later died after shooting herself during a car chase
The pair were caught Monday afternoon after leading US Marshals on a car chase that lasted ‘less than a few minutes.’ Marshals crashed into them to stop them
Their car overturned on this patch of grass as they were tailed by authorities.
It is still unclear how Vicky and Casey White got the Cadillac they were driving when they were found after 11 days on the run
The capture comes after Casey White was spotted at a car wash in Evansville, where they abandoned a Ford F-150, on May 3
The two were found 219 miles away from the jail they left in Alabama on April 29. The manhunt spanned three different states
‘You don’t know who you can trust. I had every bit of trust in Vicky White,’ Sheriff Singleton continued. ‘She has been an exemplary employee. What in the world prompted her to pull off something like this, I don’t know. I don’t know if we’ll ever know.’
Vicky will not be confined in the Lauderdale County jail where she worked for 17 years and helped Casey escape, Singleton said. Casey will be sent back to state prison.
Vicky and her inmate lover were caught 219 miles away from the jail after someone called in a tip. They had been in the Evansville area for the past six days.
She was driving the Cadillac with Casey in the passenger seat on Monday afternoon.
US Marshals crashed with them in order to end the chase.
‘The male and female fled in a vehicle on Highway 41 northbound, went past Highway 57 as you can see they turned here on Birch Park Drive, they came through this grassy area,’ Sheriff Wedding said, according to CNN.
‘The Marshals task force intercepted them, actually collided with them to try to end the pursuit.’
Photos from the scene show a mangled sedan overturned in a strip of grass and being loaded onto a tow truck.
Casey was taken in with minor injuries while Vicky is in the hospital in ‘pretty serious shape.’
A man who was driving down Highway 41 in Evansville, Indiana on Monday filmed Casey and Vicky White – no relation – speed past them.
‘It scared the life out of me when they came flying by!’ Cory Bradley told CNN. ‘A little bit up the road, we were in stand-still traffic, and that’s when I heard what was going on and took the video as I went by.’
Sheriff Singleton expressed relief after the 11-day manhunt came to an end.
‘This has ended a very long and stressful and challenging week-and-a-half. It ended the way that we knew it would. They are in custody,’ Singleton said.
It is unclear if anyone will receive the $25,000 reward for their capture.
Vicky White is charged with permitting or facilitating escape in the first degree. Authorities added new charges of forgery in the second degree and identity theft earlier on Monday.
She is said to be in ‘very serious shape,’ according to Sheriff Wedding.
The two had been the target of a nationwide manhunt since April 29 when Vicky White, the assistant director of corrections for the jail in Lauderdale County, helped engineer the escape of Casey White, who was awaiting trial in a capital murder case.
Vicky White had told co-workers she was taking the inmate from the jail for a mental health evaluation at the courthouse, but the two instead fled the area.
Their capture comes after US Marshals released surveillance footage from a car wash in Indiana on May 3 that they believe shows Casey White.
Vicky White worked for the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office for 17 years and was named ’employee of the year’ four times. She now faces charges of permitting or facilitating escape in the first degree, forgery in the second degree and identity theft
Casey White, who was already serving 75 years in prison for a crime spree during which he shot at an ex-girlfriend, will return to Lauderdale County to face capital murder charges after he admitted to killing a 59-year-old woman in 2015
Investigators got a tip that a 2006 Ford F-150 was abandoned at a car wash in Evansville, according to Al.com.
The car wash is about 175 mi north of Williamson County, Tennessee, where the orange SUV that Casey and his jailer Vicky White used to get away was discovered on Thursday.
Photos from the surveillance camera show a man standing behind the truck in a pink polo shirt, khaki pants and a black baseball cap. Investigators believe the man may be Casey White.
The sighting came after authorities revealed that Vicky was spotted buying men’s clothes at a Kohl’s department store in the week before she helped Casey break out of jail. She was also seen visiting a sex shop.
The manager of the car wash told NewsNation that he saw Vicky pick Casey up from the car wash in surveillance footage, but he held on to the information until law enforcement was able to catch up with the fugitive pair.
They were finally caught Monday evening after a brief pursuit.
Robert McBay, 29, served time in jail with Casey and says Casey White is prone to episodes of rage and mania.
‘When he gets in these phases, he has no regard for human life; no man, no woman, child or dog is safe. Whatever gets in Casey White’s way is going to get destroyed,’ he told DailyMail.com.
The man spotted at the Indiana car wash, who is allegedly Casey White, wore a pink polo shirt, khaki pants and a black baseball cap as he stood behind a Ford F-150 truck
The car was found abandoned at the car wash on May 3. It was previously reported stolen in Tennessee. The pair was captured in a Cadillac
US Marshals searched for Vicky and Casey White in rural Indiana after authorities located a vehicle that was reported stolen in Tennessee.
The vehicle was reported missing just hours after Casey White and Vicky White – who are unrelated but are said to be lovers – abandoned her SUV in Florence, Tennessee, on April 29.
Investigators located it Monday in Evansville, Indiana, a small city along the Ohio River that borders Kentucky, WAAY reported.
Confessed murderer Casey, 38, broke out of Lauderdale County Detention Center in Alabama on April 29, aided by 57-year-old prison guard Vicky White.
The pair were running from authorities for 11 days after they were supposed to arrive at an Alabama courthouse for a ‘mental health evaluation’.
Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton said he ‘really had hoped that we would have had them in a couple of days, three days max.’
Discovery of the stolen vehicle followed a declaration from Casey’s former attorney that Vicky was likely the mastermind behind the inmate’s prison break.
Dale Bryant was the defense attorney for Casey when he was sentenced in 2019. He claims that while Casey has a lengthy criminal history and escaped from jail before, his most recent getaway – which took place 11 days ago – was ‘far too thorough and too far-thinking’
Former correctional officer Vicky White (pictured) was seen checking out of the Quality Inn in Florence, Alabama, the morning she was seen helping her convict ‘lover’ escape jail
Timeline of Vicky White and Casey White’s disappearance
April 18: Jail guard Vicky White sold her Lexington home. Public records revealed she sold the property for $95,550, which was below market value. She started living with her mother after the sale.
April 28: Vicky submits retirement paperwork to officials at Lauderdale County Jail. According to Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton, she had been discussing her retirement for many months and ‘talked about going to the beach’.
Pre-prison break: In the week ahead of the escape (specific dates unknown) Vicky purchased men’s clothing at a Kohl’s store and visited a sex shop. It is unclear if she bought anything at the adult toy store.
Lauderdale County District Attorney Chris Connolly claims she also withdrew $90K in cash out of a series of bank accounts.
April 29 at 5.21am: Vicky checks out of a Quality Inn Florence, Alabama.
8.47am: Transport Van 5 leaves the Lauderdale County jail with seven inmates escorted by two deputies
8.56am: Transport Van 2 leaves the jail with five inmates also escorted by two deputies
9.20am: Assistant Director Vicky White tells a deputy to prepare inmate Casey White for transport to courthouse. Deputy removes White from his cell, takes him to booking and handcuffs him and shackles his legs.
9.41am: Vicky leaves detention center with Casey and head to the courthouse for a ‘mental health evaluation.’ She told the booking officer that she is the only deputy available who is firearm-certified and that she’s dropping him off to other deputies at the courthouse. Vicky says she’s then going to Med Plus for a personal appointment.
9.49am: Surveillance video shows Vicky’s police cruiser parked at the nearby Florence Square shopping center parking lot eight minutes after leaving the jail. ‘There was not enough time for them to even attempt to try to come to the courthouse,’ Sheriff Rick Singleton said.
11.34am: A Florence Police Department officer spots her cruiser.
3.30pm: Booking officer reports to administration that they’ve been trying to contact Vicky to check on her, and that her phone is going directly to voice mail. The officer also says that Casey was not returned to the detention center with other inmates.
Approximately 11pm: College Grove, Tennessee resident Jackie Adams finds Vicky’s SUV – with tinted windows and no tags – abandoned by her home. She reported the vehicle to the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, which had it towed.
May 1: Us Marshals offer a $10,000 bounty – now up to $25,000 – for Casey
May 3: US Marshals issued a warrant for Vicky. charging her with permitting or facilitating escape in the first degree in connection with capital murder
May 4: Vicky and Casey were seen driving around Florence in a police cruiser on gas station surveillance
May 6: Tennessee cops discover the impounded SUV belonged to Vicky, spurring a force of US Marshals, Williamson County Sheriff’s Officers, and SWAT members to circle back to Adams’ property.
Drones and helicopters descended on Adams’ home – where they remained for hours and into the evening.
2.15pm: The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office tweets ‘there is NO sign the two are still in our area.’
May 7: Connolly reveals investigators’ theory that Vicky is rolling Casey, dressed as a woman, around in a wheelchair. Officials also suspect Vicky might be disguising herself as an elderly woman with a grey wig.
May 9: US Marshals search for the couple in Evansville, Indiana after authorities locate a vehicle that had been reported stolen in the area of Tennessee where Vicky’s SUV was abandoned.
The couple is then caught after a brief car chase in Evansville, Indiana. Casey White surrenders. Vicky White is taken to the hospital with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Dale Bryant was the defense attorney for Casey when he was sentenced in 2019 on counts of attempted murder, kidnapping, robbery, burglary and other felonies dating back to 2015.
Bryant claims while the 6ft 9in inmate has a lengthy criminal history and escaped from jail before, his most recent getaway – which took place 11 days ago – was ‘far too thorough and too far-thinking’.
‘That is not Casey’s MO,’ Bryant told Newsweek on Sunday. ‘None of his crimes were planned. They are all short sighted; in the moment crimes.’
He added: ‘Even his prior escape attempt from the same county jail was spontaneous.’
The attorney also noted footage of their escape suggests jail guard Vicky White, who was in a more than two-year relationship with Casey, looks more worrisome than him.
‘If you notice in the video of the two leaving the jail, Casey’s body language does not look like someone that is hiding something,’ Bryant said. ‘Her body language looks more hurried and anxious.’
Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton, who worked with Vicky for many years, echoed the lawyer’s claim, saying the escape was ‘well-planned and thought out’.
He revealed that in the week leading up to the jailbreak Vicky purchased men’s clothing at a Kohl’s store and visited a sex shop. It is unclear if she bought anything at the adult toy store.
‘We just confirmed that this was well-planned and thought out,’ Singleton told the TODAY Show Monday. ‘Obviously, she bought some clothes for him. The adult store thing? I don’t know what that was about.’
Bryant said he believed Casey may attempt ‘suicide by cop’.
He claimed his former client wanted to die when he was arrested back in 2015 and suggested Casey could likely shoot at police officers to elicit a deadly response.
‘Casey wanted to die… He was trying to get the officers to shoot him and that is kind of my fear, how this situation is going to end,’ Bryant told WAFF last week.
‘I’m afraid that Casey may try to shoot them [police officers] to try and get them to shoot him. I want to say in his interview after his arrest and in my conversations with him, he wanted to die that day.’
Bryant went on to declare the escaped suspected murderer is actually a ‘decent person’ when on appropriate medication, but warned he ‘can’t function in the real world’ and is prone to self-medication with dangerous substances.
‘Casey suffers from a mental illness… When he’s on medication and in a supervised environment… he’s a decent person. When he gets out of incarceration, he self medicates by smoking methamphetamine or taking other illegal substances,’ Bryant said.
Bryant’s comments came as a woman living in Tennessee discovered Casey and Vicky’s getaway car had been abandoned outside her home.
‘It’s eerie that they were here,’ College Grove resident Jackie Adams told DailyMail.com Saturday after coming across the suspicious vehicle on the evening of April 29, roughly 100 miles from the jail the pair had fled earlier that day.
Adams, 41 who drives a school-bus in the rural town, said she was coming home from one of her other jobs when she saw the then-unidentified SUV with tinted windows and no tags, which belongs to former corrections officer Vicky.
‘I went ahead and called the sheriff’s office to have it towed. We know all of our neighbors and I immediately knew it wasn’t anybody’s car.’
The car – which contained contained Vicky’s jail radio, handcuffs and keys – was towed later that day, with sheriffs seemingly unaware of the vehicle’s connection to then burgeoning manhunt.
The car sat in a Tennessee tow lot for an entire week, but cops on Friday realized the impounded vehicle belonged to Vicky, spurring a force of US Marshals, Williamson County Sheriff’s Officers and SWAT members to circle back to Adams’ property Friday morning – a week after she had reported the vehicle.
‘It was pretty intense yesterday,’ the school bus driver recalled Saturday to DailyMail.com.
She said officers searched her property, the properties around her home, and nearby woods relentlessly into the night, for any clues as to the location of the pair – whom police believe are romantically involved.
Speaking to DailyMail.com just hours after drones and helicopters descended on the home – where they remained for hours and into the evening, according to Adams – the homeowner said she hopes the duo are long gone.
‘I would hope that the people aren’t here but I hope that they find them soon so that people around here can sleep peacefully,’ Adams said, adding that the car turning up in the usually quiet neighborhood left her and others feeling on edge.
‘We know everybody on our road and we watch out for each other.’
She added: ‘We have children and we like to trust that our kids are safe in their yards but now we can’t trust that.’
Cops say Vicky, a 57-year-old prison guard at Lauderdale County Jail in Alabama with a spotless record, helped confessed murderer Casey White escape custody the morning of April 29, the day she was scheduled to retire.
Vicky, who was an assistant director of corrections at the facility, used a police vehicle to ferry Casey out of the maximum-security jail, under the guise that she was taking the con to a scheduled mental health evaluation.
The pair then switched to Vicky’s orange Ford Edge – the car Adams would discover on her property hours later.
Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton said at a press briefing Friday that the couple’s escape vehicle was abandoned roughly two hours away from the jail.
‘I think this was a very well thought out plan,’ said Singleton. ‘We’re sort of at a loss.’
Singleton noted that Vicky was divorced but continued living with her ex-husband, who died of Parkinson’s disease earlier this year. He wonders if grief at the loss of her former partner may have triggered her recent actions.
Jackie Adams – who discovered the abandoned getaway car of fugitive prison guard Vicky White and convicted killer Casey White last Friday – says she felt unease after finding the vehicle outside her Tennessee home, just hours after the duo had escaped an Alabama prison
Vicky, who was an assistant director of corrections at Lauderdale County, used a police vehicle to ferry Casey out of the maximum-security facility, under the guise that she was taking the con to a scheduled mental health evaluation. The pair then switched to Vicky’s orange Ford Edge (pictured), which was found in Tennessee
Adams was coming home from one of her other jobs when she saw the then unidentified SUV parked outside the house. The car – which contained Vicky’s jail radio, handcuffs and keys – had no tags, so cops had it towed, not knowing it belonged to the at-large corrections officer
The Marshals have released various photos of the couple, showing off Casey’s tattoos – many which have references to white supremacy – and what they would look with different hairstyles
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
The sheriff of Williamson County, where the SUV was discovered, said in a tweet earlier Friday that ‘there is NO sign the two are still in our area.’
Investigators have also learned that Vicky had sold her home in the weeks before the escape, and had withdrawn about $90,000 in cash from several banks in the area, Singleton said.
He also noted that Vicky had used an alias to purchase the SUV and was likely to try to do that again.
The US Marshals Service, a federal agency specialized in fugitive manhunts, also said in a report Friday that Vicky might have darkened her hair.
The agency released composite images of what she would look like, as well as photos of Casey White’s tattoos – including one associated with a white supremacist prison gang.
Their report also noted the couple’s stark difference in size, with Casey standing a full foot taller than the former corrections officer.
The reward for information leading to the couple’s arrest was increased to $25,000, Singleton said. It is unclear if anyone won it after they were captured on Monday evening.
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