Alabama authorities are looking for a detective and a detainee charged with murder after they disappeared Friday.
Vicki White, assistant director of corrections for Lauderdale County, took Casey White, the inmate, from jail Friday morning and said she took the prisoner to the county courthouse.
The two, which officials said are unrelated, have not been seen since, and the U.S. Marshals Service is offering up to $ 10,000 for information leading to the detainee’s arrest and the location of the officer, the service said Sunday.
Here’s what we know.
Vicki White said she took Casey White for a mental health evaluation when she checked him out of jail. She said she would get medical attention after handing over the inmate in the courthouse because she was not feeling well.
Authorities found out later that day that no such evaluation – or trial – was scheduled for Casey White that day, and Vicki White never reached the point where she was to receive medical attention, according to Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton.
That afternoon, worried officers in the jail tried to reach Vicki White, but her phone went straight to the answering machine. It was then that they found out that Casey White had not been returned to prison.
Authorities are looking into all options, including whether the correctional officer helped Casey White escape.
“When I know the inmate, I think she’s in danger no matter the circumstances,” Singleton said Friday.
“He was in jail for murder and he had nothing to lose. Whether she helped him or not, we do not know and we will not address it until we have absolute proof that it was that. “We assume at this point that she was accepted against her will unless we can absolutely prove otherwise. But regardless, even if she helped him, we think she is in danger,” Singleton said.
The Vicki White 2013 Ford Taurus patrol car was spotted in a mall parking lot Friday morning, according to the sheriff.
Singleton’s office has looked at all video security footage in the area where the car was seen, but there is no evidence yet to show the two getting into another vehicle.
In her job as Assistant Director of Corrections, Vicki White coordinates all transports from the jail to the court, so she knew that the protocol required that two sworn deputies be with Casey White at all times, as he was an inmate charged with capital murder, according to Singleton.
“All precautions were in place,” Singleton said. “The questions we have for Director White are why she violated the policy.”
The correctional officer had been in the sheriff’s office for about two decades and “does a great job,” Singleton told CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield Saturday morning.
“All her staff, all the sheriff’s office staff, the judges, all have the utmost respect for her,” Singleton said. “She has a tainted record. She is an exemplary employee. So we are very concerned about her safety.”
Vicki White had recently talked about retiring, Singleton said Friday.
Casey White served 75 years for a series of crimes he committed in Limestone County in 2015. The spree included home invasion, car hijacking and a police chase, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.
In 2020, he confessed to the murder of a woman in 2015 in Rogersville, Alabama, according to Lauderdale County District Attorney Chris Connolly. White then pleaded not guilty to this crime and was remanded in custody pending trial.
The inmate intended to flee and take a person hostage by 2020, Singleton said, but his plan was discovered and a policy was put in place requiring two sworn deputies to be with him at all times, including during transport to court.
Because Vicki White had a 9mm pistol, authorities assume Casey White, who is 6 ‘9 “, is now armed and should be considered dangerous, Singleton said.
The U.S. Marshals Service has taken up the matter, the service said in a press release announcing a reward of up to $ 10,000. The Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI are also involved in the investigation, CNN reported earlier.
“Casey White is believed to be a serious threat to the detective and the public,” U.S. Marshal Marty Keely said in the statement.
“Anyone with information about White’s location or Assistant Director of Crime White’s disappearance is encouraged to contact law enforcement,” the statement said. “You can call the USMS Communications Center at 1-800-336-0102. Anonymous tips can also be submitted through the US Marshals Tip app.”
“Do not try to apprehend this refugee,” Keely said.