An Alabama corrections officer and fugitive inmate were captured in Evansville, Indiana following manhunt
- A manhunt for a fugitive inmate and an Alabama county jailer who allegedly helped him escape ended on Monday.
- Corrections officer Vicky White and inmate Casey White were captured in Evansville, Indiana.
An Alabama corrections officer and a fugitive inmate who garnered national attention after they went missing in late April were captured Monday afternoon, the Evansville Courier & Press reported.
Last week, the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Office launched a manhunt for Assistant Director of Corrections Vicky White, 56, after she went missing in late April while transporting an inmate Casey White, 38, who was being held on capital murder charges. Casey White has no relation to Vicky White.
The county jailer and inmate were located earlier Monday after authorities received a tip Sunday night that the pair were captured in surveillance footage with a black 2006 Ford F-150 at Weinbach Car Wash in Evansville, Indiana, about 219 miles from where the pair initially went missing.
They had initially been traveling in a 2007 Ford Edge, which was found abandoned in Williamson County, Tennessee, last Thursday.
Marshals pursued the vehicle driven by Casey White, Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton said, per a report by local news outlet AL.com. During the police chase, the vehicle was overturned and Casey White was taken into custody, Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton said during a press conference.
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Vicky White was hospitalized Monday after sustaining a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding said, describing her injuries as "very serious," local news outlet WAAYTV reported.
She later died from her injuries shortly after 7 p.m. Monday evening, Vanderburgh County Coroner Steve Lockyear confirmed.
"This has ended a very long and stressful and challenging week and a half," Singleton said. "It ended the way we knew it would — they are in custody."
"He [Casey White] will be in a cell by himself," Singleton continued. "He will stay in handcuffs and shackles while he's in that cell and if he wants to sue me for violating his civil rights, so be it. He's not getting out of this jail again. I'll assure you that."
Singleton suspected that Casey and Vicky White, who had known each other since 2020, were involved in a romantic relationship and that considerable preparation went into their escape on April 29, in which Vicky White said she was transporting Casey White to a medical appointment, which didn't even exist.
Prior to the pair's disappearance on April 29, Vicky White announced that she was planning to retire as assistant director of corrections, though her retirement papers were not finalized by the time she went missing. She also sold her house on April 18 for well below market value, selling it for $95,550 whereas online records valued her house at $235,600, according to CNN.
Singleton said Vicky White "obviously had a change of clothes" for Casey White after she was seen on surveillance footage shopping for men's clothes at a department store and later visited an "adult store."
"It just tells us that it was very well planned and calculated," Singleton told CNN. "Obviously she well-planned this escape down to a T."
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