Update: A warrant has been issued for Corrections Officer Vicky White in connection with the escape of Casey Cole White. The charges include permitting or facilitating escape in the first degree, according to Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton.
Vicky White, an assistant director of corrections at the Lauderdale County jail, and Casey Cole White, a man who was incarcerated on capital murder charges, have been missing since they left the jail Friday morning.
Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton is expected to provide an update Monday morning.
This article will be updated with information from that press conference.
Here is what we know so far:
The U.S. Marshals Service is offering up to $10,000 for information leading authorities to the pair.
Information can be provided at the USMS Communications Center at 1-800-336-0102. Anonymous tips may also be submitted via the U.S. Marshals Tip App.
“Casey White is believed to be a serious threat to the corrections officer and the public,” said U.S. Marshal Marty Keely.
“Do not attempt to apprehend this fugitive,” said Keely.
The two have been missing since they left the jail Friday morning at 9:41 a.m. The two are not related.
Before they left the jail on Friday, Vicky White told jail employees to prepare Casey White for transport to the county courthouse for a mental health evaluation, the sheriff said, though no such court appearance was scheduled.
Vicky White told jail employees to prepare Casey White for transport to the Lauderdale County Courthouse for a mental health evaluation, the sheriff said, though no such court appearance was scheduled.
The two never arrived at the courthouse, which is located in downtown Florence, about a half mile from the county jail.
At 11:34 a.m., about two hours after the pair left the jail, a Florence police officer saw White’s patrol vehicle. It was parked among vehicles that were listed for sale. The officer, like other law enforcement, was unaware at the time that officer White and Casey White were missing.
At 3:30 p.m., a jail employee reported to the administration that she had been trying to contact deputy White but could not reach her. The employee also reported that Casey White had not returned to the jail.
After law enforcement announced that the pair was missing, according to the sheriff’s office, a member of the public reported seeing the patrol vehicle in a shopping center parking lot. Deputies searched the vehicle but did not find any evidence.
By 5:30 p.m., about 20 local investigators were working on the case, reviewing surveillance video from the courthouse, jail, shopping center and other locations.
Who is Vicky White?
Singleton has said Vicky White had been “an exemplary employee” before violating sheriff’s office policy by traveling alone with a prisoner. Two sworn deputies are supposed to escort incarcerated people.
Vicky White’s mother, Pat Davis, told WAAY TV that even if her daughter helped the inmate escape, she should turn herself in before she gets hurt.
“She’s never done anything, I bet she’s never even had a speeding ticket. But I mean, she’s always been what I say a good person. And like I say, this is all a shock,” Davis told the station.
“We want her home. We’ll go pick her up if she’ll just call and tell us come and get her. We’ll go pick her up,” she says.
Why was Casey White in jail?
In 2020, Casey White was charged with two counts of capital murder for the Oct. 23, 2015 murder-for-hire slaying of Connie Jane Ridgeway.
Rogersville police found Ridgeway’s body in the living room of her apartment after a neighbor requested a welfare check. The 59-year-old woman lived at Meadowland Apartments on Prince Drive in Rogersville, across the street from Lauderdale County High School’s football field.
Ridgeway’s son, Austin Williams, told WHNT he was shocked by news of the escape.
“Someone really needs to find out how this happened,” Williams told the station.
“Someone really needs to look into that and make sure it can’t happen again because we really would like to see him go to trial.”
This is a developing story and will be updated.