The U.S. Marshals Service has released new images of Casey White and Vicky White as the nationwide manhunt continues for the capital murder suspect and the veteran Alabama corrections officer who authorities believe helped him escape.
The vehicle that they were traveling in was found abandoned in Tennessee a week ago, officials said Friday. Police in Williamson County, Tenn., announced that the 2007 Ford Edge was discovered locked on the side of a rural road in Bethesda, Tenn., about 30 miles south of Nashville and about 100 miles northeast of Florence, Ala., where they were last seen.
The abandoned SUV was identified on Thursday night as belonging to Vicky White, officials said. It appeared to have been partially spray-painted.
The vehicle used by escaped Alabama inmate Casey White and former Correctional Officer Vicky White has been located in Williamson Co in Bethesda. There is NO sign the two are still in our area. The SUV was reported abandoned a week ago. It was identified last night @WCSO_Sheriff pic.twitter.com/LPa1IWE80x
— WCSO Franklin TN (@WCSO_Sheriff) May 6, 2022
Police were canvassing the area where it was found in search of witnesses. But there have been no credible sightings of the pair.
Inmate Casey White, 38, and officer Vicky White, 56, who are not related, were last seen on April 29, when she said she was transporting him from Lauderdale County Jail to a courthouse for a planned mental health evaluation. According to investigators, the evaluation was never scheduled, nor was the medical appointment she said she had scheduled for herself after dropping him off.
Surveillance video shows Vicky White was alone when she left the jail with Casey White, a violation of a department policy that requires at least two sworn deputies to take part in transporting a person under those charges.
Investigators with the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office now believe that the two had developed a “special” relationship that began about two years ago.
The images released by the Marshals Service on Thursday include renderings of what Vicky White — who was blond when she was last seen — would look like if she altered her hair color and style, as well as photos of Casey White’s distinctive tattoos.
The 6-foot-9, 330-pound suspect has a tattoo of the Confederate flag on his back and others “associated with the white supremacist prison gang Southern Brotherhood,” the Marshals Service said.
Officials have received tips from across the country since their disappearance, but Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton said Friday that the fugitives could be anywhere.
According to Singleton, Vicky White, a widow with no children, has been with the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office for 17 years and was named Employee of the Year four times.
He said that the day before she went missing, she submitted her retirement papers. Investigators later found her patrol car abandoned at a nearby shopping center.
According to ABC’s Huntsville, Ala., affiliate, Vicky White sold her home in Lexington, Ala., for $95,550 — less than market value — just 12 days before she and Casey White disappeared.
Casey White, who had been serving a 75-year sentence for a 2015 home invasion and carjacking, was charged in 2020 with two counts of capital murder after confessing to the 2015 stabbing death of 58-year-old Connie Ridgeway. He later pleaded not guilty.
The Marshals Service also disclosed that Casey White allegedly threatened to kill his ex-girlfriend and her sister if he ever got out of jail, and said that he wanted police to kill him.
Meanwhile, police are also reviewing the 2008 death of 31-year-old Christy Shelton, Casey White’s then girlfriend. Her death was ruled a suicide, but her family wants authorities to reopen the case.
“The subjects should be considered dangerous and may be armed with an AR-15 rifle, handguns and a shotgun,” the Marshals Service said.
Authorities are offering rewards of up to $15,000 for information leading to Casey White’s capture and $10,000 for information leading to the capture of Vicky White.
At a news conference on Friday, Singleton urged Vicky White to turn herself in.
"You know we're gonna find you," he said. "Get out while you can and turn yourself in to local authorities wherever you're at."