A very sad ending to this assisted prison escape
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 didn’t release a cause of death, but police said Vicky White shot herself after U.S. Marshals stopped the Whites’ car after a short chase up U.S. 41.
She was 56 years old.
According to Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding, U.S. marshals and sheriff’s deputies “intercepted” the Whites 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 and suffered serious injuries. 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.