Casey White: Escaped murder suspect had ‘special relationship’ with Alabama corrections officer, sheriff’s office says | American News


A murder suspect had a “special relationship” with a corrections officer who allegedly helped him escape from prison in the United States, according to the sheriff’s office.

Casey White, who was awaiting trial in a capital murder case, disappeared with Vicky White after leaving a detention center in Florence, Alabama on Friday. The pair is unrelated.

Ms White, 56, told colleagues the 38-year-old inmate was due to attend the courthouse for a mental health assessment.

Later that afternoon, when she did not answer the phone, authorities discovered that no such assessment had been scheduled.

Ms White’s patrol car was also found abandoned in a shopping centre.

In a statement, the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office said: “Investigators received information from inmates at the Lauderdale County Detention Center over the weekend that there was a special relationship between Warden White and inmate Casey White.

“This relationship has now been confirmed by our investigation by independent sources and means.”

The office did not give further details on the nature of the relationship.

White was serving a 75-year sentence for a series of crimes including attempted murder, robbery and burglary.

Authorities said White faces a murder charge for stabbing a 58-year-old woman.

Authorities released the last known photo of White.  Photo: Lauderdale County Sheriff's Office
Authorities have released the last known photo of White in prison. Photo: Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Ms White for aiding in an escape.

Family members and colleagues said they were baffled by the alleged involvement of Ms White, who had worked for the sheriff’s office for 16 years.

“I just can’t imagine Vicky running away with this man,” her former stepmother, Frances White, said.

She added that her former daughter-in-law was kind and always wanted to help others.

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