Vehicle of escaped inmate, former corrections officer found in Williamson County
FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WSMV) - Deputies located an SUV linked to the escaped Lauderdale County inmate and former corrections officer in Williamson County, the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office confirmed.
On Thursday night, between 11 p.m. to midnight, a local tow company said they had an abandoned 2007 Ford Edge SUV in their lot. It had been towed to its location by a different towing agency around 2:30 p.m. on April 29. They assumed it was abandoned, due to mechanical problems.
The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office received a tip that it was the vehicle connected to the disappearance of Casey White and Vicky White. So the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office went back out and looked at the SUV. They called the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office, who confirmed it was the SUV.
“They found the car before we even knew they were gone,” Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton said.
Multiple agencies were brought out Thursday night and searched the area for them. WCSO, LCSO, US Marshalls, and MNPD provided drone assistance. However, there “is NO sign” Casey White and Vicky White are still in our area.
Neighbors who live on Banner Adamas Road say they saw the orange SUV Casey and Vicky White used to escape on a hill nearby. They say knowing fugitives were in that car brings an unsettling feeling.
Jennifer Carr says the orange SUV was sitting just beyond her front yard last Friday.
“I was just sitting at my desk in my office working and I heard a noisy truck and it sat idle for the longest time,” Carr says. “So I looked out the window a few times like “what’s going on?” I didn’t know.”
She says that the truck left. A few minutes later a sheriff’s car was parked in the same spot and she was confused about what was going on.
“I told my husband and he looked out and he could see a red SUV,” Carr explains.
Carr says the SUV was towed away and that was the last she saw of it. She says her neighbor, a school bus driver called it in.
“School bus driver had to go up the hill and I’m guessing it would probably be blocking her,” says Carr.
Carr mentioned she checked her garage to make sure no one was hiding. She also says she will be locking her doors.
Authorities said 38-year-old Casey Cole White from Lauderdale County Jail and the former Assistant Director of Corrections, 56-year-old Vicky White, were reported missing on April 29. Vicky and Casey left the Lauderdale County Detention Center at 9:30 a.m., allegedly heading to the courthouse.
Casey White was sentenced to 75 years in prison after the stabbing of 58-year-old Connie Ridgeway in September 2020.
Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton said Vicky was taking Casey White to a mental health evaluation at the escape. Singleton later confirmed there was not a scheduled mental health evaluation. Instead, authorities said they believe Vicky White helped Casey White escape the jail. A warrant has been issued for Vicky White’s arrest on first-degree permitting or facilitating escape charges.
“This was a very calculated plan,” Singleton said.
Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office investigators have determined that Vicky white and Casey White developed a “special” relationship.
“I don’t know what she was up to I think at this point. It’s a jailhouse romance,” Singleton said.
Multiple agencies including U.S. Marshalls and the Alabama governor are offering a $15,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Casey White and a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Vicky White. Both should be considered dangerous and may be armed with an AR-15 rifle, handguns, and a shotgun.
“We hope it encourages someone to come forward,” Alabama DA Chris Connelley said.
Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office held a news conference at 2 p.m.
WAFF contributed to this report
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