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Vicky White, Casey White’s SUV Impounded In Tennessee Last Week With 'Botched' Paint Job
The search for Vicky White and Casey White is back to “square one,” Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton said, after Tennessee officials realized they'd unknowingly impounded the escape vehicle last week.
The suspected getaway vehicle driven by a wanted Alabama corrections official and escaped prison inmate was located in Tennessee, officials said.
The vehicle was then identified on Thursday night at a towing yard, according to AL.com. There had been an attempt to spray paint it, authorities said.
“It’s a botched up job,’' Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton said, according to the outlet.
The SUV, which may have broken down, was originally found abandoned on April 29 but was only connected to Vicky White and Casey White late last night. Officials said they don’t believe the fugitive pair are nearby any longer.
“There is NO sign the two are still in our area,” the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office said in a tweet on Friday afternoon. “The SUV was reported abandoned a week ago. It was identified last night.”
The U.S. Marshals had previously released images of the Ford SUV, which they said Vicki White purchased from a dealership in Rogersville shortly before she allegedly assisted Casey White escape from jail. The license plate was unknown but it was ultimately identified using the vehicle identification number, officials said. Detectives suspect the pair used the SUV after abandoning the patrol car Vicki White initially used under the guise of taking Casey White to a supposed mental health screening, per CNN.
Lauderdale Sheriff Rick Singleton said investigators are now back to “square one,” with investigative efforts to locate Vicky White and Casey White.
"It really doesn't leave us a lot, we just know what direction they were headed, they headed north from here," Singleton said, CNN reported. "After Friday afternoon, when they abandoned that car, which direction they went from there, we don't know."
On Thursday, the U.S. Marshals released new images of Casey White, who vanished after he was captured by surveillance cameras while being escorted out of Lauderdale County Jail on April 29 by 56-year-old corrections officer Vicky White.
The pair, who are not related, were involved in a “special relationship,” officials said, which they suspect may date back to 2020.
According to authorities, the corrections official maintained an inappropriate romantic relationship with White on her personal time, speaking by phone while he was incarcerated, NBC reported.
"It was obviously a jailhouse romance,’' Singleton added Friday. “That’s the only explanation I have.”
Alabama law classifies sexual contact with an inmate by an employee as custodial sexual misconduct, a class C felony.
An arrest warrant was issued for Vicky White earlier this week. She’s been charged with facilitating or permitting escape in the first-degree, officials announced Monday.
Casey White was serving a 75-year sentence for for kidnapping, attempted murder and robbery at the time of his escape, according to jail records obtained by Oxygen.com.
Vicky White was set to retire this month and she recently sold her home, officials said. She’d been employed by the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office for 16 years.
A $10,000 reward has since been issued for information related to their capture. They’re considered armed and dangerous.
Anyone with information as to Vicky White and Casey White’s whereabouts is urged to contact the U.S. Marshals Service at 1-800-336-0102.