Alabama jail guard Vicky White reportedly visited a sex toy store and bought men’s clothing before helping her would-be killer escapereports Associated Press.
U.S. Marshal Marty Keely told the news outlet about White’s preparations in a lengthy interview that revealed new details about the manhunt that has captured the nation’s attention for the past two weeks.
White, 56, allegedly helped inmate Casey White escape from the Lauderdale County Jail in Alabama on April 29; the two were on the run for 11 days before police found them in Indiana on Monday.
The couple have the same last name but are not related; they were reportedly in a romantic relationship.
The AP reports that the first major development in the case came when a colleague in jail told authorities that Vicky had asked to be picked up at a sporting goods store in Florence, Alabama. He claimed that she had left the keys in her car and needed a ride to work.
The police went to the store and found the patrol car that Vicky used in the stunt to get Casey out of jail for a bogus mental health assessmentaccording to CNN.
Vicky had left the getaway car, an orange Ford Edge, in the store’s 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 that sells sex toys.
Two law enforcement sources told the AP that Vicky had previously walked out of jail with Casey in what has been described as a drill. However, Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton disputes that claim; Singleton said there is no evidence the two had practiced escape beforeaccording to the New York Post.
Several days later, a tow truck driver in Tennessee would report towing the Ford Edge, which was still in a tow lot. A homeowner 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 abandoned the van at a car wash in Evansville, Indiana, where they paid a homeless man to rent a motel room for them and bought another getaway car, this time a Cadillac sedan.
On Sunday, after the abandoned van was reported to police, authorities connected the van to the fugitives and descended on Evansville.
Local police spotted the vehicle after receiving a tip that the couple might be driving a Cadillac.
During the stakeout, Casey showed up at a hotel along with Vicky, who was wearing a wig. The couple started driving and realized they had been found, prompting a chase.
The chase ended when police rammed the Cadillac, causing it to flip over. Vicky then shot herself.
Police body and dash cameras recorded the unfolding of the dramatic scene.
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]