Law enforcement seeks hundreds of tips on escaped inmate

LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The vehicle in which escaped inmate Casey White and Deputy Director of Corrections Vicky White escaped was found hours after the couple left Lauderdale County, but was not reported to forces of the order only six days later.

Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton said it was likely because the person who found him was not yet aware of the manhunt. As news of the missing couple spreads far beyond Alabama, Singleton told News 19 he hopes new leads from the public will help locate Casey and Vicky White.

The Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office has partnered with the US Marshal Service to research the reported information across the country.

“With the help of the public and with the help of the media, we received a lot of advice. Several hundred tips have arrived since Friday,” said Regional Task Force Gulf Coast U.S. Marshal’s Service Commander Chad Hunt.

Casey and Vicky White’s rust-colored 2007 Ford Edge was towed from a wooded area in central Tennessee on April 29, just hours after the couple left northwest Alabama. After the tow truck driver heard news of the missing pair nearly a week later, they called the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office for a tip regarding the car.

“We don’t know how they left that area,” Singleton said. “We believe they were picked up and probably helped by someone who didn’t realize what was going on.”

Singleton said law enforcement found nothing inside the abandoned car to aid in the investigation. But according to US Marshals, hundreds of tips keep pouring in.

“We have to look at every tip and we have to act on it even if it’s here locally or if it’s across the United States,” Hunt said. “So a lot of our time is spent on these follow-up tips from lots of people who need to be interviewed, but that can change at any time.”

Hunt said anyone with information that can help locate Casey White and Vicky White can report the information to the US Marshals Service online.