Hunt for Alabama fugitives comes to an end: What we know about ex-officer’s death, inmate’s arrest

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Authorities in Indiana on Tuesday were expected to provide more details on what led to the deadly end of a multistate search for a former corrections officer and escaped inmate who vanished from an Alabama jail last month.

Beyond noting their “special relationship,” investigators have provided few details as to why former corrections officer Vicky White, 56, aided inmate Casey White, 38.

Vicky White died Monday after U.S. Marshals pursued her and Casey White in a car chase in Evansville, Indiana, that ended in a crash.

Casey White was injured but surrendered, and Vicky White shot herself, said Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding. She was taken to Deaconess Hospital, where she died. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday, said Vanderburgh County Coroner Steve Lockyear.

U.S. Marshal Chad Hunt on Tuesday told ABC News’ “Good Morning America” that Marshals were basing the assessment that Vicky White shot herself on what Casey White told authorities as they approached the car.

“Upon his surrender, he said, ‘Help my wife. She just shot herself,'” Hunt told “Good Morning America.” Officials have previously said the two were not related.

Casey White was serving a 75-year prison sentence for kidnapping and attempted murder charges after he was convicted of trying to kill his ex-girlfriend and kidnapping her two roommates. He also was set to go on trial next month on capital murder charges in a 2015 murder-for-hire slaying and could face the death penalty if convicted.

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“We got a dangerous man off the street today. He is never going to see the light of day again,” said Sheriff Rick Singleton of Lauderdale County, from where the pair fled in Alabama. But Singleton expressed uncertainty around what prompted Vicky White’s involvement.

“I had every bit of trust in Vicky White. She has been an exemplary employee. What in the world provoked her, prompted her to pull a stunt like this? I don’t know. I don’t know if we’ll ever know,” Singleton said.

The search for Casey White and Vickey White began in late April after Vicky White told coworkers she was taking Casey White to a courthouse appointment. But the couple never returned. Police later established that the pair had a “jailhouse romance” and were planning their escape.

Tip from Indiana car wash led to Vicky Whites, Casey White arrest
The U.S. Marshals Service said investigators located a 2006 Ford F-150 in Evansville after receiving a tip Sunday night that the abandoned vehicle had been discovered at Weinbach Car Wash.

The owner of the car wash provided security camera footage, which showed a man who looked like Casey White standing next to the vehicle. The Marshals had described White as 6 feet, 9 inches and weighing approximately 330 pounds.

Wedding told the Courier & Press, part of the USA TODAY Network, that the truck had been likely abandoned on May 3, days before it was reported.

A man stands next to a truck U.S. Marshals said was driven by escaped Alabama inmate Casey White at Weinbach Car Wash in Evansville, Indiana. The truck was found abandoned there Sunday, May 8. White escaped from an Alabama prison with former correctional officer Vicky White last week.
Officials haven’t said why the two spent so much time in Evansville, or if they have any connection to the city.

The chase began when an Evansville officer thought he recognized another car, a gray Cadillac, “associated with this criminal incident,” Wedding said.

Wedding said the vehicle fled north. “From there to here it’s probably only three minutes, so it was a very short pursuit,” he said.

Marshals collided with Casey White and Vicky White’s vehicle, which in turn ran into a ditch and flipped on its side. At that point, Vicky White is believed to have shot herself, Wedding said.

Other vehicles found in search
The search was “back at square one” last week, Singleton said, after an abandoned 2007 orange Ford Edge was located in a Tennessee towing lot.

Singleton said Vicky White had used an alias to purchase the car, but it was abandoned and towed April 29, the day the pair went missing.

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Surveillance video from the Lauderdale County Detention Facility showed Vicky White escorting Casey White to her patrol vehicle and leaving on April 29. The patrol car was found abandoned at a shopping center later that day.

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