On the run Alabama prison guard Vicky White and convicted murderer Casey White may be going to extremes to cover their identity, with authorities even suspecting that Vicky is rolling Casey, dressed as a woman, around in a wheelchair.
That’s one theory Lauderdale County District Attorney Chris Connolly is working on, according to News Nation. Connolly also described White as ‘smart’ and ‘frugal’ and that she was someone who could have $90,000 in the bank when she withdrew after the escape.
They believe that Casey might be put in a wheelchair to distract people from noticing his 6ft9in frame.
Officials also suspect that Vicky, 56, might be disguising herself as an elderly woman with a grey wig.
Police said they were ‘back to square one’ Friday in their search for Casey and Vicky, after finding the pair’s abandoned escape vehicle.
White, an Alabama prison guard with a spotless record, is suspected of helping long-time criminal Casey White – the two are unrelated – of escaping custody one week ago on her last day of work before retirement.
However, her former employee Tyson Johnson, says that he’s not surprised and that ‘no one’ is that White was capable of this, calling her smart and calculated.
Corrections officer Vicky White (left) and confessed murderer Casey White (right) shared an intimate relationship dating back to 2020 that authorities were unaware of, investigation revealed. The pair are not related
Casey White, the convicted killer who remains on-the-run with a corrections officer after breaking out of an Alabama jail last week, is shown in new photos
The latest footage shows them driving through the intersection of Huntsville Road and Cox Creek Parkway at 9.49am on Friday
Tyson Johnson, who said he worked for Vicky for seven years, says he’s not surprised and believed she ‘had a dark side’
‘That’s a good question, honestly I don’t think she’ll be found. She has calculated enough that she has thought this entire thing out,’ said Johnson, who worked for White for seven years before he claims he was wrongfully terminated, of her whereabouts.
‘She definitely outsmarted the sheriff, she outsmarted the administrator of the jail.’
Johnson also claims that White would often alter her appearance either physically or in photos, which may make pictures police give out to try and locate her ineffective.
‘Vicky used the tanning bed a lot,’ he said. ‘Vicky may have been 57 years old but she looked 75. The photos that they’re releasing of her, there are filters, they’re all bright on the face because it’s not showing the true her. A lot of people, former employees, said if Vicky dyed her hair grey and put on some old lady clothes and glasses, she could walk right by you and you would never know it.’
People reported seeing Vicky at both a department store and an adult store after the escape but employees at both stores refused to comment.
Vicky is pictured ‘waddling’ into the jail and opening an interior door on Friday. Casey is believed to have been in the hallway at the time
Surveillance video previously released showed Vicky helping Casey escape from the Lauderdale County Jail, where he had been incarcerated. The pair then fled together
Police believe the pair had developed a romantic relationship, and their disappearance from the Lauderdale County Jail has captivated the nation.
Rick Singleton, the sheriff of Lauderdale County, said at a press briefing Friday that the couple’s escape vehicle, a rust-colored SUV, was identified outside Nashville, Tennessee, about two hours away from the jail.
‘I think this was a very well thought out plan,’ said Singleton. ‘We’re sort of at a loss.’
Singleton noted that Vicky was divorced but still living with her ex-husband, who died of Parkinson’s earlier this year. He wonders if grief may have struck Vicky and led to this.
The sheriff of Williamson County, where the SUV was discovered, said in a tweet earlier Friday that ‘there is NO sign the two are still in our area.’
Investigators have also learned that White had sold her home in the weeks before the escape, and had withdrawn about $90,000 in cash from several banks in the area, Singleton said.
New video released Wednesday shows Vicky and Casey driving to the Florence Square shopping center on Friday where they abandoned the sheriff’s car used during the escape
He also noted that Vicky White had used an alias to purchase the SUV, and was likely to try to do that again.
The US Marshals Service, a federal agency specialized in fugitive manhunts, also said in a report Friday that Vicky White might have darkened her hair.
The agency released composite images of what she would look like, as well as photos of Casey White’s tattoos — including one associated with a white supremacist prison gang.
Their report also noted the couple’s stark difference in size, with Casey White, age 38, standing a full foot (0.3 meters) taller.
The reward for information leading to the couple’s arrest has been increased to $25,000, Singleton said.
White helped confessed killer Casey break free from the Lauderdale County Jail in Alabama last Friday morning.
She was supposed to be taking him to court but instead, they drove away from the jail in a police vehicle. They then switched to Vicky’s orange Ford Edge – which she bought under an alias.
They drove 100 miles north to Tennessee and then dumped the car. It’s unclear where they went next.
A photo released by Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office on Friday showed an apparent attempt to spray paint part of the car green.
The SUV was found on Friday April 29, just as news of their escape was spreading through America, but it wasn’t reported to police until last night. Police have now confirmed that it was Vicky’s car, and that she and Casey had tried to spray paint it before they dumped it. It remains unclear where they are now.
Inside the car, the sheriff found Vicky’s jail radio, handcuffs and keys.
‘Somebody might have given them a ride -they could have walked and then stolen a vehicle. No one knew they were missing at that time,’ Lauderdale County Rick Singleton said.
In a message to Vicky, Sheriff Singleton said: ‘If you’re still safe, get out and turn yourself in.’
Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office released these images which appeared to show an attempt to spray paint missing corrections officer Vicky White’s orange Ford SUV green. The discovery of the car was announced on Friday
In light of his escape with Vicky, authorities are also re-opening an investigation into the mysterious death of his ex-girlfriend, Christy Shelton, in 2008.
Casey, 38, was there when Shelton was shot in the chest with a sawed-off shotgun. Her death was ruled a suicide, but her family never believed the story, WAFF reports.
He has a history of violence with partners, having shot at his ex-girlfriend during a crime spree in which he killed a dog and held her roommates at gunpoint.
The 2015 incident culminated in the 6ft 9in ‘monster’ being sentenced to 75 years in prison on charges including attempted murder.
The search for Casey and White is intensifying as Lauderdale County deputies joined forces with the US Marshals, the Secret Service and other agencies to locate the fugitive pair.
The two developed a secret ‘special relationship’ during phone calls while Casey was being held in a different jail.
Casey White’s Confederate tattoo with ‘Southern Pride’ inscribed around the edges
Another image shows the height difference between the pair. They have been on the run since last week
‘We’re having to do a nationwide search. And we’ve got boots on the ground across the country, following up on tips and leads for us through the U.S. Marshal’s fugitive task force,’ Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton told Al.com.
‘So it’s just a matter of time. We’ll get them. Obviously, the sooner the better.’
On Thursday, Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton – Vicky’s boss – says the search for the pair is intensifying but they still have no ‘clue where they’re at’
Authorities have warned that the pair are ‘armed and dangerous’ and that Casey White is a ‘bad guy’ – having confessed to killing a 59-year-old woman back in 2015 while serving a 75-year sentence for other crimes.
Deputies in Limestone County will open an investigation into the death of his ex-girlfriend Christy Shelton.
On Thursday, Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton said the search for the pair continues across the country, but he revealed that local and national authorities have no idea where the two could be.
‘We don’t really have a clue where they’re at,’ he told Al.com.
He continued: ‘I don’t know what their game plan was. It’s obvious this was very well planned out. It could be they’re just holed up somewhere waiting for things to die down.’
The sheriff added that his department has brought in counselors for their colleagues, some of whom are still in shock – despite what Johnson said – that the stellar employee of 17 years could have run away with a confessed killer the day she was set to retire.
Inmates allege Vicky ensured Casey ‘was getting extra food on his trays’ and ‘was getting privileges no one else got,’ a claim that Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton told CNN has been confirmed by an independent investigation.
‘As far as we know that was the earliest physical contact they had,’ Singleton said of the arraignment. He claims Casey and Vicky continued to communicate after the accused murderer was transferred back to the prison.
But cops and federal agents have launched a huge manhunt and drip-fed more information about the duo – including that the jailer had two aliases herself.
The manhunt comes as Casey’s ex-girlfriend begged Vicky to flee the killer, warning her she was not safe with him
Sheriff Singleton, who described Vicky as ‘an exemplary employee,’ issued a plea to the former jail guard, asking her to turn herself in.
‘Vicky you’ve been in this business for 17 years, you’ve seen this scenario play out more than once and you know how it always ends,’ Singleton told Good Morning America Wednesday.
In 2020, Casey’s request to be transferred out of prison and into the county jail was denied after authorities found a makeshift knife stashed in the shower that they believed he intended to use to force someone to let him out
‘Now go ahead and end it now, get to a phone and call 911, turn yourself in and help us get Casey White back behind bars because you know that’s where he’s going to eventually end up.’
The sheriff said that as of Wednesday morning, investigators ‘don’t have any idea where they might be.’
‘We were making some good progress on that. We may be hindered now that some of that information has gotten out,’ Singleton explained. ‘But, you know, we’re still working around the clock to locate them and try to get them back in custody.’
The sheriff also noted, despite hopes of her colleagues and superiors at the Lauderdale County Jail, all signs suggest Vicky willingly participated in the escape.
‘The pieces of the puzzle just came together,’ he said.
‘I think all of our employees and myself included were really hoping that she did not participate in this willingly. But all indications are that she absolutely did.
‘We’re very disappointed in that because we had the utmost trust in her as an employee and as an assistant director of corrections.’