A female guard who orchestrated a murder suspect’s escape from a prison in Alabama was in a ‘special relationship’ with the thug, police have revealed.
Vicky and Casey White, who are not related, were seeing each other while he languished in Lauderdale County jail, inmates told cops.
The pair were said to have grown close while the accused killer – who is a 6ft 9in giant – was locked and she was working.
It comes as the US Marshals Service said the pair may have made off in 2007 Ford Edge that is copper in color.
A statement, which was quickly deleted online, said the vehicle had a bit of damage to the left rear bumper.
Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office confirmed through inmates that Vicky, an assistant director at the prison, and Casey had a ‘special relationship’.
They said they had used ‘independent sources and means’ to determine the pair had been involved.
The pari escaped Friday after Vicky falsely told superiors she was going to take Casey for a mental health evaluation during her last shift at the facility.
Corrections officer Vicky White (left) went missing on Friday evening after collecting Casey White, no relation, from county jail by herself in violation of protocol
It comes as the US Marshals Service said the pair may have made off in 2007 Ford Edge that is copper in color
While imprisoned in June 2020, he admitted to killing a 59-year-old woman two months before his arrest
On Friday, Vicky White told a booking officer she was escorting Casey to the county courthouse for a mental health evaluation. The move was against protocol for Casey, who was always meant to have at least two guards with him.
No such evaluation was scheduled that day.
She also said she was going to a medical appointment for herself, which was confirmed by the doctors’ office, but for which she never showed.
Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton said Casey was ‘handcuffed and shackled’ in the back of Vicky’s patrol car when they both left the county jail that morning.
US Marshals are offering rewards up to $5,000 for information leading to Vicky White and $10,000 for information leading to Casey White
From there, they went straight to the parking lot of a nearby shopping center.
Surveillance footage shows Vicky’s police cruiser parked at the Florence Square shopping center eight minutes after leaving the jail.
‘There was not enough time for them to even attempt to try to come to the courthouse,’ Singleton said.
The car was spotted in the parking lot an hour-and-a-half later.
Vicky had filed for retirement a day before her disappearance. She was also living with her mother after recently selling her home.
On Monday morning, Singleton told NBC’s Today Show: ‘All indications are that she assisted him escape. The question we’re trying to answer … is, well did she do that willingly or was someone from outside threatening her?’
Friday was slated to be her last day on the job, Singleton said Monday afternoon, adding that she ‘talked about going to the beach.’
Vicky may be flush with cash from the recent sale of her home, he said.
The sheriff warned: ‘Casey White is an extremely dangerous person. We need to get him located and get him off the street.’
Vicky is facing charges of ‘permitting or facilitating an escape in the first degree,’ a felony that carries a maximum prison term of 10 years.
Those who knew Vicky say that helping Casey would be out of character for the guard, who was voted ’employee of the year’ four times during her 17 years at the sheriff’s office.
‘This is not the Vicky White we know, by any stretch of the imagination,’ Sheriff Singleton said.
Friday was slated to be her last day on the job, he added, revealing that she ‘talked about going to the beach.’
Vicky’s mother Pat Davis doesn’t believe her daughter would willingly help an inmate she never even talked about.