Ms White died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police say
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A 10-day nationwide manhunt for Ms White, a 56-year-old corrections officer from Alabama, and White, an inmate serving a 75-year sentence and awaiting trial for murder, ended on Monday evening with a car chase and crash in Evansville. Ms White died from what a coroner ruled to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, and White was taken into custody.
As he was handcuffed, White allegedly told officers to help his “wife” and insisted he did not shoot her. The pair were said to have been in a romantic relationship for about two years but police say they were not married.
Meanwhile, Ms White’s last words were revealed in a chilling 911 call where she said “let’s get out and run” and blames White for wanting to stay “at a f****** motel” moments before apparently shooting herself in the head.
An investigation into the ordeal is still ongoing as police face mounting questions over how the fugitives evaded capture for over a week.
Casey White claims he was also shot in the head, says police report
Alabama capital murder suspect Casey Cole White claimed that he had also been shot in the head as he was pulled from the car wreck where his jailhouse lover Vicky White lay dying from a suspected suicide, according to a police report.
New documents, filed by Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office and seen by The Independent, reveal that the 38-year-old also had “a small amount of blood” on the back of his head when he was taken into police custody at the end of a 10-day manhunt on Monday.
On Tuesday night, the Vanderburgh County Coroner ruled Ms White’s death a suicide and said that the autopsy found she had died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
Continue reading the full story from The Independent’s Rachel Sharp below.
An account from one officer on the scene also indicates that Vicky White shot herself after the car came to a stop and that Casey White appeared to have his hands out of the window at the moment she pulled the trigger
Casey White told officers he didn’t kill Connie Ridgeway as he was pulled from car wreck
A supplemental case report filed by the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office reveals new details from the moment Casey White surrendered to authorities and was taken into custody while Vicky White was found suffering a gunshot wound to the head.
In the report, Sgt. Erik Nilssen details how he approached the scene on Monday after over hearing the US Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force requesting assistance.
“As the male suspect, Casey White, was pulled from the vehicle, I placed him in handcuffs. Mr White had blood covering his shirt and blood coming from the back of his head,” Sgt Nilssen wrote.
He then requested the assistance of a firefighter on the scene to treat a head injury on White.
“During my interaction with Mr White, he repetitively was asking about the condition of Ms. Vicky White, whom he referred to as his ‘wife’,” Sgt. Nilssen wrote. “Mr White also kept stating that he did not kill Connie Ridgeway.”
These statements reportedly came unprompted, as Sgt Nilssen wrote that he “did not ask him any formal questions”.
White is currently awaiting trial for the 2015 stabbing murder of 58-year-old mother-of-two Connie Ridgeway.
Ms Ridgeway was found stabbed to death in her apartment in Rogersville, Alabama, on 23 October 2015.
Vicky White voted ‘employee of the year’ five times, set to receive award again this week
Before prison guard Vicky White was accused of helping orchestrate the escape of her jail lover Casey White, she was not only well-liked among her Lauderdale County colleagues, but also well respected enough to earn the award “employee of the year” five times – including as recently as this year.
The 56-year-old correctional officer was tracked down on Monday alongside 38-year-old capital murder suspect Casey White, who she was reportedly in a “special relationship” with for the past two years, bringing the 11-day manhunt to a close.
White surrendered to authorities and was taken into custody while Ms White was found suffering a gunshot wound to the head. She was rushed to hospital where she died from her injuries hours later.
Ms White had earned the award, voted on by her peers, five times in the past eight years, The New York Post reported.
“I think it just shows the kind of person that we thought she was. No one that worked with her and knows her ever saw anything like this coming,” said Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton in an interview with The Post on Wednesday.
Funeral arrangements announced for Vicky White
Family members of Vicky White, the assistant director of corrections at Lauderdale County jail and the supposed lover of escaped fugitive Casey White, announced that funeral arrangements had been made for the 56-year-old, who died Monday after authorities say they believe she fatally shot herself.
The Greenhill Funeral Home in Florence, Alabama shared Ms White’s obituary this week, which includes the names of the siblings, aunts, uncles and parents that the jail guard is survived by.
There service, according to her obituary, will be a graveside service on Saturday, 14 May 14 at 1pm at Center Hill Cemetery.
The funeral home provides links for sending flowers to the family or planting a tree in Ms White’s memory.
You can read the full obituary here.
ICYMI: How Casey White and guard Vicky White stayed on the run
It didn’t help that fugitive lovers Casey White and Vicky White (no relation) had a six-hour headstart on law enforcement when they made their break from Lauderdale County jail. But no one could’ve predicted that the assistant director of corrections of the facility and the 38-year-old capital murder suspect would be on the lam for 11 days.
But the nationwide manhunt came to a dramatic end on Monday with a police chase, car crash and Ms White allegedly shooting herself dead.
Continue reading the full story that lays out some of the apparently missed opportunities that enabled the corrections officer and the inmate to slip through the net for more than a week.
Law enforcement officials were one step behind the fugitives from the get-go before finally tracking them down after 10 days on the run. Rachel Sharp explains the apparent missed opportunities in the manhunt
Vicky White’s body back in Alabama
The body of Vicky White, the assistant director of corrections at the Lauderdale County Detention Center, a facility that she reportedly assisted jail lover Casey White to escape from last month, was returned to Alabama on Wednesday, authorities confirmed.
The Vanderburgh County Coroner’s Office confirmed that Ms White’s body was released early Wednesday morning for return to Alabama.
The search for the pair of fugitives came to a dramatic end Monday as a police chase in Indiana resulted in the inmate back in police custody and the corrections officer dead from what officials say was a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
Casey White detained at maximum security facility in Alabama
Casey White, the 38-year-old inmate who went on the run with correctional officer Vicky White last month leading to a dramatic manhunt that spanned 11 days and crossed state lines, is now being detained at a maximum security prison in Jefferson County, Alabama.
The facility is known for housing “behaviorally difficult to manage” prisoners, according to the Alabama Department of Corrections website and it also houses a 300-inmate segregation unit, the largest unit in the state.
Donaldson has a death row unit with a capacity for 24 inmates that need to be incarcerated in the Birmingham judicial area.
What escaped inmate Casey White said during arrest as questions remain over guard’s death
The first words from escaped Alabama inmate Casey White after his capture were “I didn’t do it” as his corrections officer lover lay dying from a gunshot wound in their car.
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‘Y’all help my wife, she shot herself in the head and I didn’t do it,’ Casey White allegedly told officers as soon as he was caught
Vicky White and inmate lover carried out dry run of Alabama prison break ahead of nationwide manhunt
Alabama corrections officer Vicky White and her inmate lover Casey White staged a dry run of their prison break prior to going on the run last month, according to law enforcement sources.
Two officials told the Associated Press that Ms White, 56, had taken the 38-year-old capital murder suspect out of Lauderdale County jail for 40 minutes and then returned him to his cell.
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New details continue to emerge about the couple’s escape plan and how the nationwide manhunt played out, resulting in Casey White’s capture and Vicky White’s death
Alabama fugitives Vicky White and Casey White paid homeless man to check into motel
Alabama fugitive inmate Casey Cole White and his corrections officer lover Vicky White paid a local homeless man to check them into an Indiana motel as they tried to lay low during their time on the run, according to authorities.
The couple checked into Motel 41 in Evansville, Indiana, back on 3 May and paid cash upfront for a 14-night stay, Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding told ABC31.
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Law enforcement began surveillance on the motel after spotting the couple’s latest getaway car in the parking lot