Vicky White’s family buried the former jail chief Saturday instead of celebrating her sixth Lauderdale County Correctional Employee of the Year award.
White, 56, deputy commandant of operations at the Lauderdale County jail, walked out of the north Alabama jail with capital murder suspect Casey White on April 29, claiming he would take him to court, before leaving to the road in a car. Authorities say she shopped for the leak.
The nation was captivated by the 11-day manhunt, before an Indiana car wash manager called police on an abandoned Ford F-150 pickup that was stolen after Vicky White’s Ford Echo broke down in Tennessee. Casey White was recaptured, but Vicky White shot herself as police approached. The two were not related.
Vicky White’s graveside service was held at Center Hill Cemetery, about 25 miles from the jail where she worked.
His obituary only said that he died on May 9 and was working in jail.
He is survived by his parents, two brothers, a nephew, and several aunts and uncles. A handful of comments to the obituary expressed condolences to the family. “Praying for Vicky’s family and friends today,” read one post. “She cherishes your beautiful memories, which will never pass.”
Friends and colleagues are still baffled by what happened to the model employee, who apparently fell for a man turning 75 for a terrifying attack in which he attempted to murder his ex-girlfriend, shot another woman and held multiple people. at gunpoint. Casey White, no relation to Vicky, was awaiting trial for the capital murder of another woman, Connie Ridgeway.
Authorities said Vicky White gave the massive Casey, who is 6-foot-7 and weighs more than 300 pounds, extra food and showed her favor before the escape, Fox News reported.
Casey White now faces hit-and-run charges in addition to charges related to Ridgeway’s 2015 murder. Meanwhile, a friend of Ridgeway’s has started a GoFundMe to raise reward money for the car wash manager whose tip led cops to the runaway couple
Casey White’s mother, Connie Moore, said the jailer also visited the inmate’s 12-year-old son and 2-year-old grandson and sent them Christmas gifts. Her son is now mourning the woman he loved and considered his wife, she said. “He called her her wife even when she was in prison. I just went with the flow. I didn’t say, ‘You shouldn’t’, or whatever. She made him happy”.
“Vicky was very, very good to him, just being there for him, talking to him. They had something real,” she said.