Alabama corrections officer, capital murder suspect are both missing, sheriff says

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An Alabama corrections officer and a capital murder suspect are missing, according to Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton.

Vicki White, assistant director of corrections for the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office, and inmate Casey Cole White, who are not related, left the detention center at about 9:30 a.m. Friday, bound for the courthouse, and they have not been seen since, said Sheriff Rick Singleton.

Singleton said Vicki White, a 25-year employee of the sheriff’s office, told subordinates she was taking Casey White for a mental health evaluation, and afterward would be seeking medical attention herself.

He said investigators have since learned there was no scheduled mental health evaluation or any other court appearance, and that the officer never sought medical attention.

Authorities found the vehicle in which they left the detention center in the parking lot of a Lauderdale County shopping center.

Vicki White was armed with a 9 mm handgun, Singleton said, and Casey White should be considered armed and dangerous. Singleton said he believes Vicki White is in danger now.

Lauderdale orrections officer, capital murder suspect missing

The sheriff said anyone who spots them should contact 911 immediately, and should not approach them.

Singleton described Casey White as 6 feet, 9 inches tall. A “Blue Alert” issued by Alabama Law Enforcement Agency said he is 6 feet, 6 inches tall and 252 pounds. He was a Department of Corrections inmate but had been brought to Lauderdale County to face capital murder charges.

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