Alabama prison guard Vicky White allegedly visited a sex toy store and shopped for men’s clothing before helping her handsome accused killer escape, reports the Associated Press.
US Marshal Marty Keely spoke to the media about White’s preparations in a lengthy interview revealing new details about the manhunt that has captured the nation’s attention over the past two weeks.
White, 56, allegedly helped inmate Casey White escape from Lauderdale County Jail in Alabama on April 29; the two were on the run for 11 days before police tracked them down in Indiana on Monday.
The pair have the same surname but are unrelated; they would have been in a romantic relationship.
The AP reports that the first major development in the case came when a prison colleague told authorities that Vicky had asked to be picked up from a sporting goods store in Florence, Alabama. She claimed she locked her keys in her vehicle and needed an elevator to work.
Police went to the store and found the patrol vehicle that Vicky used in the ruse to bail Casey out of jail for a bogus mental health evaluation, according to CNN.
Vicky had left the spare car, an orange Ford Edge, in the store parking lot.
Keely told the AP that in preparation for the escape, Vicky bought men’s clothing at a Kohl’s department store and stopped at a store selling sex toys.
Two law enforcement sources told the AP that Vicky had already walked out of jail with Casey in what was described as an empty run. However, Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton disputes this claim; Singleton said there was no evidence the two practiced the escape earlier, according to the New York Post.
Several days later, a Tennessee tow truck driver reported that he towed the Ford Edge, which was still in a tow lot. An owner in the same state would later tell police that he sold Vicky a Ford F-150 pickup truck for cash on the same day of the escape.
The couple dumped the van at a car wash in Evansville, Indiana, where they paid a homeless man to rent them a motel room and bought another getaway car, this time a Cadillac sedan.
On Sunday, after the abandoned van was reported to police, authorities linked the truck to the fugitives and descended on Evansville.
Local police spotted the vehicle after receiving a tip that the couple could drive a Cadillac.
While on surveillance, Casey emerged in a hotel with Vicky, who was wearing a wig. The pair started driving and realized they had been found, prompting a chase.
The chase ended when police rammed the Cadillac, causing it to roll over. Vicky then committed suicide.
The police dash cam and body cameras recorded the dramatic scene as it unfolded.
Vicky was pronounced dead at an area hospital and Casey was extradited to Alabama.
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[Featured image: Vicky White and Casey Cole White/Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office]