Arrest warrant out for US prison official cops say helped accused murderer escape

They have not been seen since, although the patrol vehicle the pair, who are not related, used when leaving the detention centre was found at a nearby shopping centre parking lot after their absence was discovered.

It is not known if this was an assisted escape or if Vicky White was perhaps overpowered and kidnapped. Investigators are trying determine whether there a relationship between the two. (AP)

Authorities have no idea where they are, although the inmate should be recognisable by his size. He stands 2.06m tall and weighs about 118kg.

Authorities warned anyone seeing the pair should not approach them.

“We consider both of them dangerous and in all probability, both individuals are armed,” US Marshal Marty Keely said at a press conference on Monday.

He noted White “will stand out” because of his size even if he has changed his appearance.

Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton said Monday they had issued an arrest warrant for Ms White on charges of permitting or allowing an escape.

This image provided by the US Marshalls on Sunday, May 1, 2022 shows part of a wanted poster for Casey Cole White. (AP)

She violated a policy that required more than one official to be involved in transporting him, according to Sheriff Singleton.

The policy was put in place when White was jailed two years ago and authorities believed he was planning to escape.

“We know she participated, whether she did that willingly or if she was coerced, threatened somehow to participate in the case, not really sure. We know for sure she did participate,” Sheriff Singleton said.

Ms White told co-workers she was taking him to the courthouse for a mental health evaluation.

But Sheriff Singleton later said no such evaluation was scheduled. He said video showed the pair left the jail and went straight to that parking lot.

“Casey White, as you’ve heard me say over and over and over is an extremely dangerous person and we need to get him located and get him off the street,” Sheriff Singleton said.

White was already serving a prison sentence for attempted murder and burglary when he disappeared.

He was set to go to trial next month for stabbing a 58-year-old woman to death. If convicted, he could face the death penalty.

The US Marshals Service is offering up to $10,000 for information.

The sheriff said police were shocked by the events that transpired.

“This is not the Vicky White we know, by any stretch of the imagination,” the sheriff said.

Sheriff Singleton said Ms White had been an exemplary employee and jail employees are “just devastated”.

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Ms White had planned to retire and that Friday was to be her last day. He said she had sold her home about a month ago and “talked about going to the beach”.

The sheriff said officers had no leads at this point on where the two were located.

“If we knew where they were at, we would be there and not here,” Sheriff Singleton said.

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