Friday April 29 Missing Casey White (38) and prison officer Vicki White (56) disappeared From the sheriff’s office in Lauderdale, Alabama.
US police embarked on an extensive search for the two, investigating whether a prison officer helped the prisoner escape, or whether she had been exposed to anything criminal.
At the beginning of the investigation, the basic theory was that prison officer White had been kidnapped by prisoner White.
Now, however, an investigation has revealed that the two, who are not related, had a “special relationship.” This came in a statement issued by the Sheriff’s Office, according to what was reported BBC.
The two left the custody of the mayor’s office at 9:30 a.m. Friday morning. The prison officer is said to have told her colleagues that she would take the man accused of the murder to a local court for an assessment of his mental health. It was later revealed that this agreement did not exist.
Shortly after 11.00, the officer’s car was found in the parking lot of a mall.
Around 15:30 the alarm went off. The prisoner was not returned to custody, and no one was able to contact the officer.
According to Sheriff Rick Singleton, prison officer White has worked in the office for about 25 years, working, among other things, to arrange transportation to court. I held the position of Assistant Director
He has previously described her as an “exceptional” employee.
Now referred to as a “wanted fugitive”
Breaking the guidelines
New details from the investigation indicate that prison officer White may have played a key role in helping the man accused of murder escape.
Friday, the day the two disappeared, is said to have been Vicki White’s last day in the office before she retired. According to the local mayor, she must have talked about wanting to retire for a while, local media wrote eel.
She is said to have told her colleagues that she plans to spend more time at the beach.
She was also said to have said she should see a doctor after the 38-year-old suspect was handed over to the courtroom.
However, the veteran officer made a mistake when she left the remand prison. The Sheriff’s Office guidelines are clear that officers should not only transfer persons suspected of serious criminal offenses.
However, surveillance photos show that she and accused Wyatt leave prison alone.
The police now suspect that the officer did this on purpose.
“Investigators have received information from other prisoners that there was a private relationship between White and inmate Case White,” Sheriff Rick Singleton said in a statement on Tuesday.
Other prisoners are said to have said that prison officer White treated prisoner White differently, by giving them extra rations, among other things.
– He continued: – The relationship was confirmed through our investigation by independent sources.
The relationship between the two is said to have been romantic, and the police suspect that the prison officer was also in contact with the murder suspect in his spare time.
He writes that the police traced their relationship to 2020 CNN.
Investigators are now reviewing large amounts of surveillance video from the prison, in order to reveal the best possible relationship between the two.
– Nothing to lose
White accused of murder is said to have confessed to the murder of 58-year-old Connie Ridgway in September 2020. Later, he was said to have denied the criminal charge, stating that he was mentally ill at the time of the crime.
White had already served a 75-year prison sentence for a number of violent criminal acts in 2015, such as burglary and car theft.
If convicted of the murder in 2020, he faces the death penalty. It is also said that he previously tried to escape from prison.
The US Marshals Service promised a reward of up to $10,000 for information on the two.
Al-Sharif described him as “extremely dangerous” and asked police officers not to take any risks with him.
“He has nothing to lose,” Sheriff Singleton said Monday.
Police refer to the missing prisoner as “dangerous and armed”, as he may now be in possession of the prison officer’s weapon.
In the weeks leading up to the disappearance, prison officer White sold his home. The police suspect that this money is now being used to finance the lives of the fugitives.
Many expressed shock and disbelief at the charges now leveled against the 56-year-old.
– Her colleagues are in shock. We’ve never seen anything like this with Vicki White. Sheriff Singleton said she was a model employee earlier this week.
– I trusted Vicky. I mean this. If we needed anything from prison, she’s the one we went to. She was a strong employee. That’s why it’s so shocking, says a state attorney in Lauderdale, according to the local TV station KSL.
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