(PatrioticPost.com)- It was announced Sunday that the United States Marshals Service is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information regarding an escaped inmate and a “missing and endangered” correctional officer who went missing Friday after the two escaped from a jail in north Alabama.
A capital murder charge had been filed against Casey Cole White, 38, who was being held at the Lauderdale County Detention Center in Florence, Alabama, approximately 75 miles (121 kilometers) west of Huntsville.
According to a Facebook post from the sheriff’s office on Saturday, Vicky White, 56, an inmate and assistant director of corrections, was released from the Lauderdale County Detention Center on Friday morning and transported to a neighboring courthouse. Investigators have determined that the two incidents are unrelated.
According to the United States Marshal for Northern Alabama, Marty Keely, Casey White is thought to be a significant threat to the prison officer and the general public.
As stated by WHNT-TV, Casey confessed to the stabbing death of Connie Ridgeway in 2015 while incarcerated for unrelated charges in state prison in 2020.
Vicky White has been a member of the department for sixteen years. According to Singleton, who spoke at a news conference on Friday, she was armed when she and Casey White left the jail and headed to the courthouse for Casey White’s mental health evaluation. According to the sheriff, she was alone with the detainee, which was a violation of department policies.
Singleton stated emphatically that it is our policy that any convict facing those kinds of charges be escorted by two sworn deputies. And that was not the case.
Singleton also stated that there was no scheduled mental health evaluation for the inmate at the courthouse.
According to the sheriff’s office, the vehicle the officer and the convict were in when they left the detention center was discovered in a parking lot of a nearby shopping center.
Additionally, Vicky White informed her coworkers that she had a doctor’s visit arranged, which was confirmed, but, according to the sheriff’s office, a deputy failed to appear for the appointment. Officials claim that it was not until nearly six hours after the two had left the jail that anyone recognized they were missing. When deputies attempted to call Vicky White, her phone went to voicemail on several occasions.
Deputy Chief Singleton stated that his agency was “aggressively investigating” the event and that they would be looking into previous interactions between the two to “see if there was something else going on.”
According to Singleton, Vicky White had turned in her retirement papers the day before she went missing and spoke to news outlets.
On Sunday, the sheriff stated that there had been no fresh discoveries in the inquiry. The Associated Press attempted to contact the sheriff’s office but received a phone message saying the office was closed on Sunday.
Casey is 6 feet 9 inches (2.06 meters) tall and weighs around 260 pounds, according to the Marshals Service (118 kilograms). He has brown hair and hazel eyes, and he wears glasses.
The Marshals Service has stated that anyone with information about Casey White’s whereabouts or Vicky White’s disappearance can contact them at 1-800-336-0102.