It is a tragic end for a run on the background of romance that fascinated America: the police arrested Monday in the state of Indiana a detainee “extremely dangerous”while the prison officer, who helped him escape in late April and was also on the run, died.
Watch CCTV footage released by the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office showing the moment prisoner Casey White and his accomplice Vicky White fled from the jail in Florence, Alabama on April 29:
An open investigation
Vanderburgh County authorities “investigating the death of Alabama fugitive Vicky White”, they confirmed on Monday. Vicky White died at 7 p.m. local time and an autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday, May 10, they added in a statement.
Vicky White and Casey White were arrested after a car chase with the police. The couple were chased while they were in a Ford pickup truck in the city of Evansville, in the heart of the Midwest, said sheriff Rick Singleton, responsible for coordinating the hunt for the fugitives.
“She shot herself and was seriously injured”Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding told CNN.
“During the pursuit, the pick-up had an accident. Casey White surrendered”reported Rick Singleton.
Having started in a prison in Alabama, their flight took place for ten days, over hundreds of kilometers and in at least four states.
Vicky White, 56, and Casey White, 38, have the same name but are not related.
The improbable duo has aroused great interest, in particular because of the contrasts between them: she, a model little civil servant with an apparently orderly life; he, a 2.06 m multi-recidivist colossus imprisoned for presumed murder.
“We have today rendered harmless a very dangerous man”welcomed Sheriff Singleton. “And he will never see the open air again”.
His men received a tip about the couple’s presence in Indiana and CCTV footage shot at a car wash where the Ford pickup was seen.
“It gets harder and harder every year to do this kind of thing. [d’évasions, NDLR]with the ubiquity of video surveillance, and the ability of the media and social networks to make this information public in real time”noted the former assistant director of the FBI Andrew McCabe on CNN.
However, in recent days and until Monday, the two fugitives seemed to keep at least one step ahead of their pursuers.
Well designed escape
“We are sort of back to square one”Sheriff Singleton had lamented on Friday, noting that the escape plan had been “very well thought out”.
On April 29, it was with disconcerting ease that Vicky White extracted Casey White from his penitentiary in the city of Florence, where he was serving a 75-year prison sentence. The woman oversaw prisoner transfers for the Lauderdale County Sheriff.
A video shows the official escorting the tall, tattooed inmate, whose feet and hands are restrained by chains, into his police car, and taking him outside under the false pretense of a psychological evaluation at the court.
L’“model employee” according to the sheriff, described by the county attorney as “the most reliable person in prison”had then provided a substitute vehicle in the parking lot of a nearby shopping center.
This car, which the official had bought under an assumed name, was found in a Tennessee pound, without this rebound in the investigations really allowing the investigators to progress.
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It will be learned later that the prison officer had withdrawn in cash some 90,000 dollars, proceeds from the recent sale of her house, and bought civilian clothes to replace her companion’s prison suit.
The bounty offered by the authorities in exchange for any information that could lead to the arrest of the two fugitives had been raised to $25,000.