Vicky White, assistant director of corrections in the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office, and inmate Casey White were last seen around 9:30 p.m. on Friday when he was released from prison, allegedly to take him to county court for mental evaluation, to Lauderdale County. said Sheriff Rick Singleton. The officer and the prisoner have nothing to do.
Vicky White told a guard that she was going to leave Casey White in the courthouse and seek medical help because she was not feeling well.
No mental evaluation was scheduled for Friday and Casey White was never brought to court, Singleton said. Vicky White did not get to the point where she said she was going to seek medical help.
Her vehicle, a 2013 Ford Taurus patrol car, was spotted in a mall parking lot around 11 a.m. Friday by someone taking a lunch break, Singleton said.
Authorities did not realize he was missing until a few hours later.
The police officers in the prison were worried and tried to approach her, but her phone kept going straight to the answering machine. Then they realized that Casey White had not returned to prison.
Casey White is 6 feet tall and is considered armed and dangerous. Vicky White “was armed with a 9mm pistol, which means we assume he is armed,” Singleton added.
“Knowing the detainee, I think she is in danger regardless of the circumstances. She was in prison for murder and had nothing to lose,” Singleton said.
The prison officer was aware of the protocol for the transfer of detainees
Casey White, 38, is an inmate serving 75 years for a crime he committed in Limestone County in 2015, Singleton said. He was being held at a detention center in Lauderdale County, in the northwest corner of the state, for questioning about a 2015 homicide he was charged with.
In 2020, Casey planned to escape and take a person hostage, but his plan was discovered, the sheriff said. A policy has been implemented that stipulates that two sworn deputies must be with him at all times, even during the transfer to court, he said.
Vicky White coordinated all transfers from the detention center to the court and therefore knew the protocol, the sheriff said.
Authorities are now examining all possibilities for what happened, including whether the correctional officer helped Casey White escape.
Speaking to CNN’s Frederica Whitfield on Saturday morning, Singleton said his office was approaching the case from three angles: If Vicky White was defeated and abducted. if he helped prisoner Casey White escape. and if she helped him, either he did it willingly or he was forced or threatened to do so.
“Whether she helped him or not, we do not know and we will not deal with it until we have full proof that it happened. We assume at this point that she was arrested against her will, unless we can prove otherwise,” Singleton said on Friday.
Authorities said they were still searching for and investigating any interactions between the correctional officer and Casey White, as well as any phone calls he had received.
Security video from the area where Vicky White’s car was found does not show the two getting into another vehicle.
Vicky White “an exemplary employee”
Vicky White has been working in the sheriff’s office for about two decades and “does a terrific job,” Singleton said on Saturday.
“All her colleagues, all the staff in the sheriff’s office, the judges, everyone has the utmost respect for her,” Singleton said. “She has an impeccable record. She is an exemplary employee. Therefore, we are very concerned about her safety.”
Casey White had been charged with murder
Casey White pleaded guilty in 2020 to killing Connie Ridgeway in 2015, according to Lauderdale County Attorney Chris Connolly. However, White pleaded not guilty and was awaiting trial.
Ridgeway’s son, Austin Williams, told CNN that her murder was “an absolute shock” to the family.
For years, Williams and his brother worked to keep Ridgeway’s memory alive, offering a reward for any information that led to the arrest of her killer.
“We were pretty much her world. She was a very good person, friends with everyone; I never met a stranger,” Williams said.
Williams says White’s trial was rescheduled due to Covid-19 delays.
“I see a very troubled man,” Williams said. “You want someone to be able to recover, but at this point there is someone who is very, very concerned and just has to move away from human society.”
Correction: An earlier version of this story mistyped the name of correctional officer Vicky White.
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