A CORRECTIONS officer who disappeared next to a suspected murder suspect appears to have actively helped the escape by faking a court date, a sheriff said.
Police are looking for Deputy Correctional Facilities Director Vicki White and 39-year-old inmate Casey Cole White, who went missing Friday morning in Alabama after exiting a detention center.
Vicki White urged prison officials to prepare the inmate for transport to the courthouse for a mental health evaluation, but no such appointment was scheduled, Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton said.
She also told colleagues she wasn’t feeling well and planned to seek medical attention after dropping him off, but officials said there was no evidence of that appointment either.
However, the sheriff said it was unclear whether the officer voluntarily helped the inmate escape or if he was coerced.
“The question is, did she do it voluntarily, or was she coerced into it by inmate White, by threatening her and/or her family, or otherwise,” the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.
Singleton said Friday that Officer White has been a “model employee” for 16 years.
The officer and the suspect, who are not related, left the jail around 9:30 a.m. and no one noticed the two were missing until around 3:30 p.m., reports AL.com.
The vehicle in which the two left the detention center was found in the parking lot of a local mall and police found no evidence when they searched the car.
Casey Cole White was arrested for capital murder and has multiple criminal records.
In December 2015, police arrested Casey White after authorities determined that “in one night he staged a home invasion, two carjackings and multiple shootings in northern Alabama and southern Tennessee that killed a dog and injured a woman.” ,” reports AL.com.
He was eventually found guilty on nine counts in 2019, including crimes such as attempting to murder his ex-girlfriend and kidnapping her two roommates.
He was most recently charged with double murder in 2020 for a contract killing that resulted in the death of 59-year-old Connie Jane Ridgeway.
Rogersville police found Ridgeway dead in her living room in October 2015 after receiving a call for a welfare check.
Casey Cole White was already serving a 75-year sentence for his 2015 crime spree when authorities linked him to the 2020 Ridgeway murder.
He was charged with first-degree burglary and murder for financial gain, meaning he was paid to kill Ridgeway.
Casey White reportedly confessed to his crimes against Ridgeway in 2020.
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