Update: Vicky White, the Alabama jail guard who helped inmate Casey Cole White escape custody has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding.
US Marshals caught up to the pair leading to a car chase and eventual wreck. Facing arrest, Vicky White shot herself in the head and Casey White was recaptured.
Escaped murder suspect Casey Cole White and jail guard Vicky White have been found. Casey White is in Custody and Vicky White (no relation) was hospitalized according to multiple reports.
Vicky White is hospitalized with a self-inflicted gunshot, according to authorities.
According to Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton, no officers fired their weapons.
The pair were reportedly found in Evansville, Indiana.
This is a developing story and we will update as more information becomes available.
New charges have been filed against former Alabama jailer Vicky White, who has been on the run for 10 days with escaped capital murder suspect Casey Cole White.
The Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office on Monday said the 46-year-old second-in-charge at the north Lauderdale County jail is now charged with second-degree forgery and identity theft.
The charges stem from her allegedly using an alias to buy a 2007 Ford Edge, which was used in the couple’s April 29 getaway.
She was previously charged with permitting/aiding in an escape, which is also a felony.
The jailer, on what was to be her last day of work that Friday after 17 years at the sheriff’s office, nonchalantly led the shackled 38-year-old convict and capital murder suspect to her waiting patrol cruiser for a mental health evaluation that was never scheduled.
Instead, authorities say, the pair drove to a nearby shopping center where Vicky White had stashed the newly bought 2007 Ford Edge, leaving behind her sheriff’s cruiser along with her car keys, handcuffs and police radio.
It would be hours before authorities realized something was amiss, and in the days to come, investigators uncovered a calculated and well thought out escape plan.
Vicky White had sold her home, withdrawing the proceeds – at least $90,000 and far below market value – from banks and buying an AR-15 and a shotgun.
On the night before the escape, Vicky White spent the night at a Quality Inn, instead of staying with her mother, as she had been doing since she sold her home more than a month ago.
Before authorities even realized the pair was missing, someone found their getaway car on a rural Tennessee roadway.
It was towed to a lot, and it was one week later that someone connected the dots and realized the Ford Edge – the subject of a nationwide search – had been sitting idle for seven days.
U.S. Marshals and law enforcement in Evansville, Indiana, were working Monday morning to determine if a vehicle discovered there is part of the nationwide manhunt, according to Alabama television station WAAY 31.
The television station reported the vehicle in question may have been reported stolen from the area in Tennessee where the Ford Edge they left Florence in was found.
Northern District of Alabama U.S. Marshal Marty Keely said he could not confirm the reported Indiana investigation.
The Ford Edge was returned to Alabama from Tennessee midday Monday.
Casey White is described as 6-foot-9, weighs about 330 pounds and is covered in tattoos from a white supremacist gang.
Vicky White, authorities said, is 5-feet, 5 inches, weighs approximately 145 pounds and has a “waddling gait.”
The Marshals Services is offering a $15,000 reward for information leading to the capture of Casey White, and a $10,000 reward for information leading to the capture of Vicky White, who is charged with permitting/aiding in an escape, which is a felony. Gov. Kay Ivey has offered another $5,000 each.
Casey White’s former attorney said he believes – based on his dealings with Casey White – that Vicky White is the mastermind behind the escape.
“Casey’s not a planner,’’ Dale Bryant said. “He’s more an impulsive kind of guy.”
“You can even look at all of his prior criminal acts – none of those were planned,’’ he said. “They were all spur of the moment. He’s just reacting to things.”
“The planning of this escape was far too thorough and too far-thinking,’’ Bryan said, “and that is not Casey’s MO.”
Lauderdale County Rick Singleton said the pair obviously had a “jailhouse romance,” though he said it was not physical.
Instead, inmates later reported, Vicky White would do small things, like make sure Casey White had extra food on his plate.
Investigators now say the relationship may have been going on for up to two years, and there is evidence that Vicky White communicated with Casey White while he was in state prison.