EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Multiple law enforcement authorities are reporting the search for a fugitive inmate from Alabama and the prison employee who helped him escape has ended in southern Indiana.
Casey White and Vicky White have been on the run since April 29 when the 56-year-old jailer told the Lauderdale County Detention Center in Florence, Alabama, that she was taking the 38-year-old inmate for a mental evaluation but instead kicked off a nationwide manhunt.
According to the Vanderburgh County Sheriff, the police pursuit started when the couple was spotted near the sheriff’s office. A police pursuit began on Highway 41 that ended not long after in a rollover crash near Evansville Airport.
Casey White surrendered to police following the crash. Vicky White was transported to a hospital.
Sheriff Dave Wedding of Vanderburgh County Indiana confirmed Vicky White’s injuries were self-inflicted when she shot herself at some point during or at the end of the pursuit. Police said Vicky White was seriously injured.
Later, when speaking to NewsNation, Wedding said Vicky White was in “grave condition” and that he could not comment on if she would survive her injury. Not long after, shortly after 7 p.m., Vicky White died at Deaconess Hospital, according to the Vanderburgh County coroner.
On Tuesday, the Vanderburgh County Coroner determined that she died of a single self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. The manner of death has been ruled a suicide.
Casey White is listed as being in the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to WEHT.
Police said no law enforcement officials or citizens were hurt during the pursuit.
Sheriff Rick Singleton of Lauderdale County Alabama said there is no information to suggest anyone assisted Vicky White or Casey White in their escape.
Sheriff Wedding reported Vicky White as the driver of the Cadillac the fugitives were in at the time of the crash. Singleton had previously reported Casey White as the driver and the crashed vehicle as a Ford F-150.
Earlier on Monday, U.S. Marshals announced a pickup truck used by the fugitives had been found on May 3 abandoned in an Evansville car wash bay. It wasn’t brought to authorities’ attention until Sunday night.
Casey White and Vicky White had previously ditched the 2007 Ford Edge they had been driving after their escape from the Alabama prison. The Ford was found in a tow lot in Williamson County, Tennessee, on Thursday.
Casey White was awaiting trial in a capital murder case and was possibly facing the death penalty before his escape. He had already been serving 75 years for a 2015 crime spree involving a home invasion, carjacking and police chase, authorities said.
View our previous story for background information about the escape, the Whites’ relationship and the manhunt that followed.