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Escape clues from Alabama prison may have been found in Indiana

EVANSVILLE, Indiana — A vehicle found in Indiana is being investigated in connection with an escaped Alabama prison inmate and the woman accused of leaving with him. Correctional officer Vicky White and escaped inmate Casey White are the focus of a nationwide manhunt. WEVV-TV reports that one of the suspects was caught on surveillance video at a store in Evansville.

US Marshals say the stolen vehicle has been found in Evansville after being reported missing in Tennessee. There, the two suspects are accused of leaving an orange SUV. Police did not release a description of the vehicle found in Indiana or why they think there might be a connection to the escape.

Several major freeways intersect near Evansville, Indiana. The city is on major transportation routes to St. Louis, Indianapolis, Louisville, Nashville and Chicago.

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The Associated Press reports that Attorney General Merrick Garland said Thursday that an escaped murder suspect and a prison officer who assisted him “are considered extremely dangerous” and the US Marshals Service has taken over the search for the two fugitives.

Law enforcement officials in Alabama have been searching for Casey White, who is awaiting trial in a murder case, and Vicky White, a prison officer, since they went missing last week after leaving the Lauderdale County Detention Center. The two are not related but have a “special relationship,” authorities said.

Garland said that they should be considered armed and dangerous and that anyone who spots them should not approach them.

“They worked together in devising this escape plan,” said US Marshal Marty Keely, whose deputies are leading the hunt.

Last Friday, Vicky White, 56, told her colleagues that the 38-year-old inmate had to go to court for a mental health evaluation. She escorted the inmate alone — a violation of sheriff’s office policy. When she didn’t answer the phone or return that afternoon, authorities discovered the couple had disappeared. Authorities eventually learned that the investigation was never planned and was just a charade to allow Vicky White to smuggle Casey White out of prison without suspicion.

The two left in a squad car, which was found abandoned in a nearby parking lot where investigators believe Vicky White had parked a getaway car.

Authorities learned last week that Vicky White purchased a number of weapons, including an AR-15 rifle in January and a shotgun two weeks before the escape. They also believe she is carrying a 9mm handgun and have received reports that she may also have a .45 caliber handgun, Keely said.

Federal investigators believe they have been planning the escape for at least several months, Keely said. Vicky White sold her home for $95,000 — nearly half the market value — and had also sold her car shortly before fleeing, he said. She had also filed papers to officially retire from her job.

Police believe Vicky White parked a getaway car nearby – an orange 2007 Ford Edge – that had no license plates. She bought the car a few days before the escape and paid for it in cash, Keely said.

“It was well planned,” Keely said of the escape. “She has a great deal of knowledge of law enforcement procedures.”

The Marshals Service and Sheriff’s Office interviewed a number of associates, family members and others who knew both Casey White and Vicky White and have received numerous leads as part of the investigation. But despite their best efforts, investigators haven’t found any solid leads to locate her.

“We have reviewed all leads and so far we have not had any legitimate discovery,” Keely said.

The Marshals Service is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to Casey White’s capture and a $5,000 reward for information leading to Vicky White.

Authorities have said Casey White, who is 6ft, 9in (about 2 meters) tall, should be recognizable by his height.

Casey White was being held in prison for murder in the 2015 death of Connie Ridgeway. He confessed to the 2020 killing while in state prison for other crimes. He has been linked to home invasions and car thefts, and was also involved in a police chase, Keely said.

Family members and colleagues said they were puzzled by the involvement of Vicky White, who worked for the sheriff’s office for 16 years, with the inmate, who was already serving a 75-year sentence for attempted murder and other crimes.

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