Florence, AL – Law enforcement officials have warned that the murder defendant already serving 75 years in prison for violent crimes who escaped with the help of a jail official could become “extremely violent” if he is off his medication.
Authorities believe they may have located the third getaway vehicle used by 56-year-old Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) Assistant Director of Corrections Vicky White and 38-year-old capital murder suspect Casey White (no relation) in Evansville, Indiana, WAAY reported.
The U.S. Marshals Service confirmed to FOX News that investigators believe the vehicle found in Indiana may have been stolen by the pair when they ditched their Ford Edge in Williamson County, Tennessee.
The vehicle was reported stolen several hours after the Ford Edge belonging to Vicky White was found in a tow yard in Tennessee on May 5.
Authorities believe Casey White and Vicky White swapped the sheriff’s patrol vehicle that they left the jail in on April 29 for the Ford SUV at a shopping plaza located about eight minutes away before fleeing the area.
Vicky White was supposedly transporting the capital murder defendant to the courthouse for a hearing when they both disappeared, the sheriff’s office said in a press release on the afternoon of April 29.
Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton released a statement on Thursday that said Vicky White had been in contact with Casey White for two years while he was incarcerated in a state prison in Donaldson, WVTM reported.
“He was here in 2020 for an arraignment and preliminary hearing, and when he finished that, he went back to state prison,” Sheriff Singleton said. “We do know they remained in touch while he was in state prison.”
The sheriff said prison records revealed Vicky White regularly spoke to Casey White on the phone while he was incarcerated, NBC News reported.
Casey White was serving a sentence of 75 years for violent crime convictions.
Officials said it appeared they tried to spray paint the SUV before they ditched it.
Lauderdale County District Attorney Chris Connolly told ABC News that investigators had determined that Vicky White withdrew about $90,000 in cash from area banks prior to helping Casey White escape.
Vicky White had filed her retirement papers with the sheriff’s department a day before she disappeared with Casey White.
Court records showed she sold her house far below market value on April 18, NBC News reported.
Vicky White was initially charged with first-degree permitting or facilitating an escape.
But on May 9, Sheriff Singleton announced that the now-former jail official had also been charged with identity theft and second-degree forgery, according to Independent.
The sheriff said Vicky White used an alias and a fake ID to buy the getaway vehicle later found abandoned in Tennessee.
On Monday, the 11th day of the nationwide manhunt, Sheriff Singleton warned that if Casey White wasn’t taking his medication, he could become extremely violent, FOX News reported.
Court documents showed Casey White went to prison for more than three years in 2012 after he allegedly beat his brother in the face and head with an axe-sledgehammer handle, CNN reported.
He was serving a 75-year sentence at the time of his escape for a 2015 crime spree that involved a home invasion, carjacking, and police chase, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.
Marshals said Casey White threatened to kill his ex-girlfriend and her sister in 2015 if he ever got out of prison and said he wanted the police to kill him, CNN reported.
All of Casey White’s “potential targets” have been warned and took protective measures, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.
He allegedly confessed to the 2015 murder of Connie Ridgeway while he was serving a state prison sentence for other offenses in 2020, the Associated Press reported.
The inmate was still facing capital murder charges for allegedly stabbing that 58-year-old woman to death when Vicky White allegedly helped him escape from the Lauderdale County Detention Center.
“Casey White is a dangerous man,” Sheriff Singleton warned on Monday. “He’s supposed to be on medication. Whether he’s taking those or not, we don’t know. He didn’t leave the jail with any.”
“When he gets off his meds, he can be extremely dangerous,” the sheriff added.