EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Casey White and Vicky White, who garnered national attention after reportedly staging an escape from an Alabama prison, were captured here Monday afternoon.
And Vicky White, a former corrections officer who reportedly helped convicted felon Casey White escape, later died at Deaconess Hospital, Vanderburgh County Coroner Steve Lockyear said. His office confirmed Tuesday evening that Vicky White killed herself with a single gunshot.
She was 56 years old.
According to Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding, U.S. marshals and sheriff’s deputies “intercepted” the Whites on Monday afternoon after a short law enforcement chase on U.S. 41. The marshals collided with the Whites’ vehicle in a grassy area near Baumgart Road.
Wedding said Vicky White, 56, shot herself after the chase. Casey White, the 38-year-old passenger, was injured in the crash. Both were taken to local hospitals.
White died just after 7 p.m. CST, coroner Steve Lockyear said.
White was booked into the Vanderburgh County jail just before 2 a.m. Tuesday under “other agency charges.” There were no local charges against him as of Tuesday morning.
No law enforcement officials were injured in the chase and arrests, Wedding said. Authorities will provide more information in a news conference Tuesday. FBI officials were also at the scene of the capture.
The Whites are not related. Casey White was in jail on an attempted murder charge, while Vicky White is a former correctional officer who officials believe aided in his escape. Casey White also reportedly confessed to killing 59-year-old Alabama mother Connie Ridgeway in 2015.
The situation in Evansville began Sunday, when the U.S. Marshals Service said investigators located an abandoned vehicle in Evansville used by the Whites.
In a news release, officials said it received a tip Sunday night that a 2006 Ford F-150 had been discovered at Weinbach Car Wash. The owner of the car wash provided security camera footage to investigators.
The footage showed a man who looked like Casey White standing next to the vehicle.
Wedding told the Courier & Press that the truck had been likely abandoned on May 3, days before it was reported. Hours before the Whites’ capture he said it was “unlikely” they were still in town.
On the scene of their capture later in the afternoon, he happily admitted he was wrong.
“I’d have put $50,000 on this at Vegas and bet that they wouldn’t have been here,” he said.
Officials haven’t said why the Whites spent so much time here, or if they have any connection to the city.
The chase began when an Evansville officer thought he recognized another car, a gray Cadillac, “associated with this criminal incident,” Wedding said.
“It wasn’t within no time at all that the people in the vehicle fled north on Highway 41,” Wedding said. “From there to here it’s probably only three minutes, so it was a very short pursuit.”
U.S. marshals vehicles basically wedged in the suspects’ vehicle, which in turn ran into a ditch and flipped on its side.
At that point, Vicky White is believed to have shot herself, Wedding said.
The disappearance of the former corrections officer and escaped inmate Casey White drew national headlines since news first broke that the pair vanished on April 28.
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Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton previously disclosed the inmate and corrections officer had a “special relationship” spanning two years. Vicky White provided Casey White with extra food and privileges, police said.
Last week, authorities issued an arrest warrant for Vicky White. Singleton said the former corrections officer “participated” in Casey White’s escape.
Surveillance footage released by authorities on May 3 showed Casey White, who was donning shackles and handcuffs, being escorted by Vicky White out of the Lauderdale County Detention Center and into her patrol vehicle.
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Singleton said Vicky White was escorting the inmate to a courthouse appointment that didn’t actually exist.
On Thursday, investigators discovered a 2007 Ford Edge believed to be used by the fugitives in Williamson County, Tennessee, which is about 175 miles south of Evansville.
Casey White was serving a 75-year prison sentence for kidnapping and attempted murder charges when he escaped. While in custody, he also confessed to a 2015 killing.
The U.S. Marshals Service was offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the capture of Casey White and a $5,000 reward for the capture of Vicky White.
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