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Where is Kidnapping Victim Timmy White, Who Was Rescued By Steven Stayner, Now?

Years after Timmy White was rescued by fellow kidnapping survivor Steven Stayner, he became a sheriff's deputy.


By Gina Tron
ive year old Timothy Lee White gets a piggy back ride from 14 year-old Steven Stayner

A new docuseries dives into the unbelievable tale of two brothers, one of whom was a child kidnapping victim-turned-national hero and the other who became a serial killer. But what about the fellow kidnapping victim that the hero brother rescued?

 “Captive Audience: A Real American Horror Story,” a Hulu docuseries streaming today, first revisits the 1972 kidnapping of 7-year-old Steven Stayner by convicted child molester Kenneth Parnell. For eight years, he abused Stayer while posing as his legal guardian and moving around California with him. Then in 1980, as Stayner matured, Parnell kidnapped a younger boy, 5-year-old Timothy "Timmy" White, 

It was at this point that Stayner decided to escape with White and return the young child to his parents. He fled on foot along with White, a journey that thrust the two kidnapping survivors into the national spotlight once they got to safety. Their case inspired the much-watched 1989 TV movie “I Know My First Name Is Steven.” Stayner died in a motorcycle crash the same year the movie was released. 

And while “Captive Audience” focuses mostly on the Stayner family and how Steven’s brother Cary grew up to be a serial killer, White’s life and story was changed forever by his ordeal. 

Following his rescue, White went on to bravely testify at his kidnapper’s trial when he was just 6 years old, the New York Times reported in 2010.

White went on to have two children with his wife, Dena. He also became a sheriff’s deputy in Newhall in Los Angeles County in 2005, Mercury News reported in 2010.

He worked as a sheriff’s deputy for five years until his life was cut  tragically short in April of 2010 when White died of a pulmonary embolism at age 35, according to the New York Times. He died in his home, according to his obituary which features a photo of him in a sheriff’s uniform.

“He loved his family, his career and boating, especially at Lake Pyramid,” the obituary states.