Authorities in Lauderdale County, Alabama, are looking for a sheriff’s office employee and a prisoner who went missing on their way to the courts on Friday at 9:30 a.m.
Missing According to Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton, Assistant Director of Corrections Vicki White breached procedure when she led convict Casey White from jail this morning to reportedly take him to the courts in Lauderdale County.
The prison officer and the detainee are not connected. Casey White was being held on capital murder charges, according to authorities, and two sworn deputies should have been with him at all times, even during transit to court.
Vicki White, who supervises all transfers from the jail center to court, was aware of the process, according to the sheriff.
Singleton said that although Casey White was supposedly being transported for a mental health evaluation at the courthouse, they have since learned that no such evaluation or other court hearing for him was scheduled for Friday.
“Knowing the inmate, I think she’s in danger whatever the circumstances… He was in jail for capital murder, and he had nothing to lose,” Singleton said.
Authorities are now looking at all possibilities of what happened, including if the corrections officer helped Casey White escape.
“Whether she assisted him or not, we don’t know, and we won’t address that until we have absolute proof that that’s what happened. We are assuming at this point that she was taken against her will, unless we can absolutely prove otherwise,” Singleton added.
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