Casey White: A manhunt is ongoing for an escaped Alabama inmate and Correctional Officer Vickey White who broke him from prison

LAUDERDALE COUNTY, ALABAMA — Authorities in Lauderdale County, Alabama are searching for a correctional officer and an inmate charged with murder who went missing Friday morning.

Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Correctional Superintendent Vicky White and inmate Casey White were last seen Friday around 9:30 a.m. taking him out of jail, allegedly to take him to Lauderdale County Court for a mental exam County said Sheriff Rick Singleton. The officer and the prisoner are not related.

Vicky White told a guard she would take Casey White to the courthouse and get medical attention because she wasn’t feeling well.

No mental evaluation was scheduled for Friday and Casey White was never dropped off at the courthouse, Singleton said. Vicky White didn’t make it to the place where she said she would see a doctor.

Her vehicle, a 2013 Ford Taurus squad car, was spotted in a mall parking lot around 11 a.m. Friday by someone who was on their lunch break, Singleton said.

Authorities only realized they were missing hours later.

Prison officials were concerned and tried to reach her, but her phone went straight to voicemail. Then they discovered that Casey White had not been returned to prison.

Casey White is 6ft 9 tall and is considered armed and dangerous. Vicky White “was armed with a 9mm pistol, which means we assume he’s armed,” Singleton added.

“Knowing the inmate, I think she is in danger no matter what. He was in prison for capital murder and had nothing to lose,” Singleton said.

The prison officer knew the prisoner transport protocol
Casey White, 38, is a state prisoner serving 75 years for a 2015 killing spree he committed in Limestone County, Singleton said. He was being held at the Lauderdale County Detention Center in the northwest corner of the state for hearings related to a 2015 murder for which he was charged.

In 2020, Casey wanted to escape and hold one person hostage, but his plan was discovered, the sheriff said. A policy has been put in place dictating that two sworn deputies should be with him at all times, including during transport to court, he said.

Vicky White coordinates all transportation from the detention center to the courthouse, so she knows the protocol, the sheriff said.

Authorities are now looking into all the possibilities of what happened, including whether the correctional officer helped Casey White escape.

Speaking to CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield Saturday morning, Singleton said his office is approaching the case from three angles: whether Vicky White was subdued and kidnapped; whether she helped inmate Casey White escape; and if she helped him, whether she did so voluntarily or was forced or threatened to do so.

“Whether or not she helped him we don’t know and we won’t be addressing that until we have absolute proof that that happened. We assume at this point that she was kidnapped against her will unless we can absolutely prove otherwise,” Singleton said Friday.

Authorities said they are still searching and investigating every interaction between the corrections officer and Casey White, as well as any calls he received.

CCTV footage from the area where Vicky White’s car was found did not show the two getting into another vehicle.

Vicky White ‘an exemplary employee’
Vicky White has been with the sheriff’s office for about two decades and is “doing an excellent job,” Singleton said Saturday.

“All of her staff, all of the employees 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. So we are very concerned about their safety.”

Casey White had been charged with murder

According to Lauderdale County District Attorney Chris Connolly, Casey White confessed in 2020 to killing Connie Ridgeway in 2015. However, White pleaded not guilty and awaited trial.

Ridgeway’s son, Austin Williams, told CNN her murder came as “a total shock” to the family.

For years, Williams and his brother worked to keep Ridgeway’s memory alive, offering a reward for any information leading to their killer’s arrest.

“We were pretty much their world. She was a really nice person, friends with everyone; she’s never met an alien type of person,” Williams said.

Williams says White’s trial has been postponed due to delays caused by Covid-19.

“I see a very concerned person,” Williams said. “They want someone to be able to be rehabilitated, but at this point it’s someone who’s just very, very concerned and just needs to be removed from human society.”

Correction: In a previous version of this story, corrections officer Vicky White’s first name was misspelled.

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