A corrections officer and major murder suspect vanishes after she chooses him to perform what she claims is a mental health assessment – only for her co-workers to find out that no such appointment has been set.
Lauderdale Police Department Assistant Director of Corrections Vicki White picked up Casey Cole White, 38, from a detention center Friday morning at 9:30 a.m., armed with a 9mm pistol.
The corrections officer said she was to take Casey White – who had nothing to do with her – for a mental health assessment.
But on Friday afternoon, Mayor Rick Singleton of Lauderdale County said there was no scheduled mental health assessment.
Vicki White’s abandoned car was found in a shopping mall at 3:30 p.m., and the couple has not been seen since.
“I am very concerned that he is not in custody,” said Chris Connolly, a Lauderdale County District Attorney — adding that the FBI is assisting with the search, as well as state and local authorities.
‘This is a very dangerous situation.’
It’s unclear whether White is in danger, and investigators have yet to say whether they believe she colluded with White to get her out of prison, or whether she was the victim of a kidnapping.
Casey White was facing the death penalty for the murder of Connie Ridgway, 58, in October 2015 at her home in Rogersville, Alabama.
Vicki White, the assistant director of corrections for the sheriff’s department, disappeared Friday evening, after she collected Casey Cole White (unrelated) from prison.
Connie Ridgway is photographed with her two sons Austin and Cameron. She was killed in October 2015 in what her killer said was a contract. No motive was given at all
Ridgeway was found stabbed to death in a murder that shocked the city of 1,500 people, 50 miles west of Huntsville.
The cause of her death is still unclear.
People said she was known for her kindness and willingness to help others, and for many years the community held a vigil every October in her memory.
Casey White was arrested in December 2015, aged 32, following a wave of crime across Tennessee and Alabama.
One night, he broke into a home, robbed two cars, and repeated shootings killed a dog and injured a woman.
The crimes were followed by a chase with speeds of more than 100 miles per hour. WHNT mentioned.
He ended up with a stolen car stuck in a field south of Huntsville, and the officers—whom he was apparently well known to—were begging him to drop his gun and turn himself in.
White got out of the car with a pistol and threatened to shoot the officers and himself unless he spoke with Limestone Sheriff Mike Blakely.
Body camera footage shows deputies trying to persuade White to surrender by offering smokeless tobacco and citrus soda Sun Drop while they wait for Blakely’s arrival.
Police were photographed in December 2015 arresting Casey White after a violent rampage across Tennessee and Alabama that ended with a 100mph car chase, getting his stolen car stuck in a field
White was seen during the hearing in the 2020 Ridgway murder case
Casey White was found guilty of a total of nine counts, including the attempted murder of his ex-girlfriend and the kidnapping of two of her roommates. Other charges included first-degree burglary, first-degree burglary, third-degree burglary, breaking and entering a vehicle, and animal cruelty for shooting a dog and attempting to evade.
He was sentenced in April 2019 to 75 years in prison.
In June 2020, he wrote to Lauderdale County requesting a meeting with the sheriff’s office, and confessed to killing Ridgway – providing a detailed description of the crime scene.
He said he was paid to kill her, although no motive for hiring a hitman has been revealed.
In October 2020, 37-year-old Casey White appeared in court at a hearing, requesting to remain in Lauderdale County Jail instead of returning to prison, adequate mentioned.
His application was denied, after authorities said they believed he was planning to escape from the Lauderdale County Jail.
They found a makeshift knife, hidden in the bathrooms, and suspected that White intended to use it to force someone to let him out.
“We received information yesterday that he made a leg and that he intends to escape today and take a hostage,” Connolly, the Lauderdale County District Attorney, said during the hearing.
Our deputies have done a great job.
“I found Shanks and removed this threat this morning, so we are clearly not equipped to house a person like this for that long in our prison, so we are pleased that the judge ordered him back to the Corrections Department.”
White, having pleaded, then pleaded not guilty, on the grounds of insanity.