Vicky White, Alabama correctional officer who escaped with an inmate, died in hospital, sheriff says


She was hospitalized earlier with self-inflicted gunshot wounds after being taken into custody following a car chase in Evansville, Indiana, US Marshals previously told CNN. His injuries were “very serious”, Wedding said at the time.

No law enforcement officer fired any shots, according to Sheriff Rick Singleton of Lauderdale County, Alabama, where the couple – who are not related – fled on April 29.

Before the chase began, surveillance officers spotted Vicky White walking out of a hotel wearing a wig, according to U.S. Marshal Matt Keely. Then she and Casey White got in a car and drove off.

Authorities continued to monitor them until a vehicle chase began, ending when a member of the U.S. Marshals task force drove into the Cadillac the two were in. The car wrecked and overturned, he said. Casey White was driving the car, according to US Marshals, although Wedding previously told reporters that Vicky White was the driver.

Officers were able to remove the inmate from the wrecked car, but Vicky White was trapped inside with a gunshot wound to the head, Keely said.

Casey White reportedly told officers, “You’re going to help my wife, she shot herself in the head and I didn’t,” according to Keely. Keely said that to their knowledge, Casey White and Vicky White are not married.

The couple’s capture ended an 11-day manhunt that garnered widespread national attention and saw hundreds of tips pour in from all corners of the country, including one that ultimately led to the location and the arrest of fugitives.

That trick came on Sunday night, Singleton said.

Wedding said the duo were supposed to be in Evansville since May 3. “It’s hard to believe they’ve been here for so many days, but we’re lucky to have run into them today,” he said.

Singleton said Casey White, 38, will be brought back to Alabama. The inmate faces previous murder charges. Vicky White, 56, was first charged with enabling or facilitating a first-degree escape and later faced additional charges of forgery and identity theft.

“He’ll be in a cell all by himself,” Singleton said. “He will remain handcuffed and shackled as long as he is in this cell and if he wants to sue me for violating his civil rights, so be it. He will not be released from this prison again. I assure you of that.”

Before escaping with his jailer, the Alabama fugitive was accused of killing a sweet patriot mom who never forgot birthdays

Singleton said: “I always waited for this result. I knew we would catch them. It was only a matter of time.”

Most escapes from a county jail are spontaneous, he said.

“This escape was obviously well planned and calculated,” Singleton said. “There was a lot of preparation. They had a lot of resources, had money, had vehicles, had everything they needed to be successful, and that’s what made the week and a half so difficult. We were starting from scratch, and not only that, we started — they were six hours ahead of us.”

Indiana car wash photos released

Earlier Monday, U.S. Marshals released photos of who they believe was Casey White, taken by a surveillance camera at an Evansville car wash.

It was the first time since escaping from a Lauderdale County detention center with Vicky White that he was reportedly seen.

Vicky White was not seen in the photos.
US Marshals have released photos of who they believe is fugitive Casey White at an Indiana car wash.
Investigators were notified late Sunday that a 2006 Ford F-150 was discovered at a car wash in Evansville, about 175 miles north of Williamson County, Tennessee, where the 2007 Ford Edge the couple was in had traveled was found abandoned.

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

Marshals traveled to Indiana to follow up on the tip, the agency said.

The US Marshals Service said it believed the person in the photo was Casey White.

A reward of up to $15,000 was offered for information leading to his capture and $10,000 for information leading to Vicky White’s capture.

Vicky White was facing multiple charges

Prior to her death, Vicky White was facing new forgery and identity theft charges in Alabama, in addition to the charge of enabling or facilitating first-degree escape that was filed last week.

The new charges were announced Monday and stemmed from the fact that the officer used a pseudonym to purchase the vehicle used in the escape, a 2007 Ford Edge, officials said.

What we know about Casey White, the Alabama prisoner who escaped with a corrections officer

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 may have complicated the search, 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.”.

Prior to Vicky White’s death, Singleton said he hoped she survived her injuries.

“We wish Vicky no ill will, but she has some answers for us,” he said. “I have every confidence in (her). She has been an exemplary employee. I don’t know if we will ever know” what happened to change that.

Video footage shows escape was well planned, sheriff says

Surveillance video footage of Vicky White taken before the getaway showed 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.

Why manhunts like Vicky White and Casey White fascinate us

The patrol car that the officer and inmate took from the jail was found abandoned in a mall parking lot. The prison keys, radio and Vicky White’s 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 vehicle was spotted 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.

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

Vicky White and Casey White had known each other for at least 2020, the sheriff told CNN earlier this week.

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

The sheriff’s office had announced on May 4 that she was no longer employed by them, adding that while April 29 was her last day of work, her retirement papers had never been finalized.

CNN’s Jenn Selva, Joe Sutton, Jamiel Lynch, Nadia Romero and Jaide Timm-Garcia contributed to this report.


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