An Alabama correctional officer and a capital murder suspect are missing after the officer says she was escorting him to a courthouse meeting – a meeting that turned out not to be exist, according to Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton.
Vicki White, Deputy Director of Corrections for the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office, and inmate Casey Cole White, who are unrelated, left the detention center at around 9:30 a.m. Friday, bound for the courthouse of justice, and they have not been seen since, said Sheriff Rick Singleton.
Singleton said Vicki White, a sheriff’s office employee for 25 years, told her subordinates that she was taking Casey White for a mental health evaluation, and would then seek medical attention herself.
He said investigators had since learned that there was no scheduled mental health evaluation or other court appearance, and that the officer had never seen a doctor.
Authorities found the vehicle they left the detention center in in the parking lot of a Lauderdale County shopping mall.
Vicki White was armed with a 9mm handgun, Singleton said, and Casey White should be considered armed and dangerous. Singleton said he thinks Vicki White is in danger now.
The sheriff said anyone who spots them should contact 911 immediately and should not approach them.
Singleton described Casey White as 6ft 9in tall. A “blue alert” issued by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency said he was 6ft 6in tall and weighed 252 lbs. He was being held at the Department of Corrections, but was brought to Lauderdale County to face capital murder charges.
It is unclear if this was an assisted escape or if Vicki White may have been overpowered and kidnapped, the sheriff said. He said investigators were trying to determine if there was a relationship between the two that others in the prison were unaware of.
Singleton said normal procedure for transporting a qualified murder suspect would require two armed officers. He said Vicki White arranged transportation for inmates as part of her duties at the prison. She was a guard, he explained, so when she told her subordinates she was transporting the inmate, they did not question her.
“Investigators are currently trying to locate any video that may tell us more about what we are dealing with,” Singleton said in a statement. “The fact that the two were missing was not realized until around 3.30pm that day (Friday). »
The News Courier of Athens, Alabama reported in April 2019 that Casey White was sentenced to 75 years in prison after being convicted of two counts of first-degree kidnapping and attempted murder.
He was accused of trying to kill his ex-girlfriend and kidnapping his two roommates. He was also convicted of first-degree larceny, first- and third-degree burglary, burglary of a vehicle, animal cruelty for shooting a dog, and attempting to escape.
He faced capital murder charges in the 2015 murder-for-hire of Connie Ridgeway after she was found dead in her home. Charges in that case were laid in September 2020, WAFF TV reported.