A $10,000 reward is being offered after a killer escaped from prison with a prison officer – with authorities investigating ‘if anything else was going on’.
Casey Cole White left a detention center in Florence, Alabama, with Deputy Director of Corrections Vicky White on Friday morning.
The couple – who are not related – were apparently heading to a nearby courthouse but disappeared.
Authorities said Ms White, who was armed at the time, was ‘missing and in danger’ and broke the rules by being alone with the inmate.
Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton said they are also looking at previous contact to “see if there is anything else going on” between the two.
Mr Singleton said the 56-year-old handed in her retirement papers the day before and claimed she was taking White for a mental health assessment in court – even though one was not scheduled.
The vehicle they were traveling in was found in a shopping mall parking lot, but no one realized they had been missing for about six hours.
Calls to Ms. White’s phone allegedly went to voicemail.
“Casey White is considered a serious threat to the Corrections Officer and the public,” U.S. Marshal Marty Keely said.
The 38-year-old was serving a capital murder charge, with local media saying he confessed to a stabbing death in 2015 while jailed for other crimes in 2020.
People are being warned not to approach White, who is described as 6ft 9in (2.06m) and around 260lbs (18 stone 8), with brown hair and hazel eyes.
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