As Casey White and Vicky White’s pursuit ends, new details about the search for an escaped murder suspect and guards are revealed.


About three hours after an Alabama sheriff official realized this. Murder Suspects and Senior Prison Officials He disappeared when Sheriff Rick Singleton, who had taken him for a mental health check-up, called US police. Law enforcement officers initially believed that the suspect, Casey White, had kidnapped Vicky White, a Lauderdale County Deputy Chief of Corrections and an unrelated 17-year sheriff’s office veteran.

However, officials quickly realized that her cover story was a bogus mental health assessment concocted, and the hunt for the criminal began.

US Marshal Marty Keely launched the Gulf Coast Fugitives Task Force. The fleeing hunters hit the streets and quickly began collecting clues.

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Escaped inmate Casey White arrives at the Lauderdale County Courthouse in Florence, Alabama, after giving up extradition in Indiana on Tuesday, May 10, 2022.

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In an interview with the Associated Press, Keely’s account of the 11-day search is the most detailed and comprehensive account to date of the U.S. Police Department’s investigation into a nationwide search that resulted in the death of Vicky White and the return of Casey White to custody and legal custody. is. Enforcement agencies working to gather how the escape could have happened.

The task force got the first clue early in the investigation when a fellow prison employee reported that Vicky White had called them and asked a colleague to pick her up at the Academy Sports + Outdoors store in Florence, Alabama. White said she had to lock her keys in her car and drive her to work. She later informed the investigators that the staff thought she was weird, but wanted to help her friend.

According to Keely, investigators found Vicky White’s patrol car in the parking lot of a sporting goods store. She was in the same vehicle as Casey White, handcuffed in her back seat when she left her sheriff’s office a few hours ago. In her surveillance video, she also showed that she had an orange Ford Edge getaway vehicle she bought with a handful of cash ready a few days before she escaped.

Investigators interviewed family and colleagues, examined financial and other records, and reported that Vicky White “special relationship“The two, along with Casey, were involved in a “prison romance,” officials said. A few weeks before the escape, she sold her house, sold her car for $95,000, well below market value, and applied for retirement, Keely said. I bought the AR-15 rifle and shotgun and .45 caliber pistol to add to my 9mm service weapon.

Other clues also emerged. She bought menswear from a local Kohl’s store and also visited a store selling sex toys.

They also learned that Vicky White had previously left jail with Casey White, a dry run for the escape that investigators believe was a dry run, two law enforcement officers told the AP. She took him out of jail for about 40 minutes, officials said. Officials spoke on the premise of anonymity to discuss the details of the investigation.

The search continued to find the oversized fugitive, the guard, and their orange car. But investigators had no idea that the duo was already nearly 200 miles out of state.

Reports came in from the sheriff and sheriff, but nothing came until a Tennessee tow truck driver called. He towed the Ford Edge three or four days ago and was still in his tow yard, Keely said.

Task Force investigators rushed north to Williamson County, Tennessee. They had the right car, but the next question is, where were Vicky and Casey?

Authorities scoured rural Tennessee to find clues and show photos of the two. They found a house with several cars and trucks on the lawn, Keely said. The landlord immediately recognized Casey White’s photo and helped authorities organize what had happened. He told investigators he sold the White Ford F-150 pickup truck for cash. The truck didn’t have license plates, but White didn’t care, the man told authorities.

“He says, ‘Yeah, I sold him a truck,'” Keely said of the landlord. “So we found out that he sold the truck to him the very day he escaped from Lauderdale County Jail. And it was only a few hours after they escaped.”

During the sale, a woman in an orange pod pulled over and the two drove behind each other, the man told authorities. And the landlord provided one more clue, the pickup truck’s vehicle identification number, or VIN, according to Keely.

The two abandoned their Ford Edge and went to Evansville, Indiana, where Casey White eventually gave up on pickup at a car wash.

Investigators believe that in Evansville, the two men used identification to rent a hotel room to a homeless person and paid upfront in cash for a 14-day stay. They were living under a pseudonym in a motel and bought their third car, a Cadillac sedan.

The car wash manager first spotted the abandoned pickup truck on May 3rd and the next morning realized there was still something wrong with it. When I reported to the police, a police officer came out, put on a license plate, received the report and left. The car was not stolen and there was nothing the local police could do.

I took a break on Sunday because the policeman filled out the VIN on the report. Keely’s team discovered this while checking the database. The getaway team descended to Evansville with fellow deputy chiefs from Indiana.

Surveillance video from the car wash showed a Cadillac. Task Force investigators started driving around motel and restaurant parking lots, Keely said.

Eventually, they found a car in a nearby motel and went on surveillance. Vicky White soon appeared in a wig with 6-foot 9-inch Casey White, Keely said. According to Keely, they drove in a Cadillac with a sheriff secretly pursuing them, but officers were seen.

The brief chase ended as officers smashed into cars. The Cadillac overturned, and at one point Vicky White shot him in the head, authorities said.

Casey White snapped as the officers pulled them out of the wreckage. “Help my wife. I just shot her in the head.” Keely said. It wasn’t clear why he mentioned Vicky as his wife, but a US sheriff told CBS News that there was no evidence that Casey and Vicky White were married.

Investigators quickly handcuffed him and began to help Vicky as medical staff rushed to the scene.

She died of a gunshot wound to the head, Vanderburgh County Coroner said Tuesday night.

“The cause of death was determined to be suicide,” the coroner said.

The hunt is over. An Indiana state sheriff official said the two men were in possession of $29,000 in cash, four pistols and an AR-15 rifle. Vicky White was pronounced dead at the hospital, and Casey White returned to Alabama on Tuesday night. There he was expected to face additional charges in addition to a 75-year sentence already serving a sentence for murder, attempted murder and other charges. . If convicted in a murder trial, he faces the death penalty.

He told investigators he was ready for a gunfight with the police when he was arrested. Lawyer Jamy Poss, who represented White in the murder, declined to comment.

“This case was resolved with the active cooperation of the police,” Keely said.

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