Vicki White, the assistant director of corrections for the Sheriff’s department has been reported missing as of Friday 29. Officer While reportedly facilitated the escape of 38-year-old Casey Cole White who was facing the death penalty for the 2015 murder of Connie Ridgeway 58 in her home in Rogersville, Alabama. The FBI, US Marshals, and ALEA are in an active search for the escaped prisoner. He is to be considered armed and dangerous.
Sources close to the situation say that on Friday, April 29 morning around 9:30 am, the corrections officer left with the Capital murder suspect for a court hearing while in fact there was no scheduled court appearance.
The two left the marked vehicle that Officer White was driving in the parking lot of a shopping center in Florence around 11. a.m Friday. Investigators drawn from various units are looking for footage that may give information on their whereabouts.
Is the Inamted Casey Cole White Related to Vicki White?
Many have been wondering whether the corrections officer, Vicki White, and the inmate Casey Cole White are related. To answer that, the sheriff’s office said the deputy and suspect are not related. The coincidence that Officer White and the inmate have a similar last name might have led to people suspecting that they are related.
Did Officer Vicki White Help Casey Cole White Escape?
Vicki White ‘Vicky White’ who is a 25-year veteran corrections officer is being reported to have recently liquidated some of her assets. It is also said that the corrections officer turned in her retirement papers on Thursday leading many to believe that the whole escape of Casey White was pre-planed. Casey White was scheduled for court in June of 2022. His minimum release date was Dec. of 2091.
Rick Singleton, the Lauderdale County Sheriff said that despite the fact that Officer White may have helped the inmate escape, she may be still in danger since Casey Cole White is in jail for a capital murder offense and has nothing to lose.
Answering the question of whether she assisted him in escaping Singleton said, “So we’re looking into that as one angle of the investigation — was she kidnapped en route to the courthouse and, you know, taken against her will?”
What Happened at the Detention Centre?
Rick Singleton, the Lauderdale County Sheriff, said that the correction officer told the booking officer at the detention center that she was escorting an inmate, White to the courthouse for mental health evaluation. After she dropped the inmate with other deputies, the correction officer said that she was feeling unwell.
The booking officer noted that something was off at 3:30 p.m. after Officer White took long before returning the Casey Cole. The Booking officer contacted her phone was going straight to voicemail. It was also discovered that inmate White never returned to the jail. The sheriff said they began investigating “aggressively.”
After doing some follow-up, the sheriff noted that the officer and the inmate never showed up at the courthouse, and it was later determined that the inmate did not have any evaluations scheduled. Local urgent care offices also have no record of Officer White visiting on the said day.
Answering the question as to whether an inmate is supposed to be escorted by one officer, the sheriff noted it’s a “strict violation of policy” for inmates with those types of charges to be escorted anywhere by one deputy. It is believed that Officer White wasn’t questioned because she is the head of operations and coordinates all transports.
If anyone sees the suspect or Officer White, do not approach them and contact 911 immediately.