Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton told a news conference Friday that the two traveled about two hours north of Williamson County, Tennessee, after disappearing from a Florence, Alabama county jail.
But little is known about what happened next.
“We now know where the car is, we know where it went,” the sheriff said. “We are trying to inspect the area for any witnesses. We are also trying to find out if any stolen vehicles have been reported in the area in the meantime.”
Authorities believe the vehicle had a mechanical malfunction that caused it to stop suddenly in the area. But the sheriff said investigators did not yet know if the couple had stolen another car, or ridden with someone else, and where they were going.
“Somehow we’re back to square one,” he said. “We don’t know where they went after Friday afternoon, when they left the car.”
Vicky White, 56, and Casey White, 38, have been missing for more than a week. The two, who authorities say may have been romantically involved, have nothing to do with each other.
The correction officer is using a nickname.
Vicky White, who was the assistant director of Lauderdale County Correction, took Casey White out of the county jail on Friday morning, saying she was taking him for a mental health check. She said she was going to seek medical attention after her release because she was not feeling well.
Both have not been seen since. The patrol car taken by officers and prisoners from the jail was found unattended in the parking lot of a shopping center. Authorities believe the couple left the car in a different vehicle: a 2007 Ford SUV bought by Vicky White the night before and parked there, Singleton said earlier.
He now has an active arrest warrant in the first degree for allegedly allowing or facilitating an escape. The office said he was no longer employed by the sheriff’s office, adding that Friday was his last day of work and that his papers had never been finalized. His prison keys, radio and handcuffs were found inside an abandoned SUV.
Investigators believe Vicky White had large sums of money when the couple went missing, Singleton said Friday, and authorities are working to find out more details.
“His knowledge of the reforms and his knowledge of the procedures we use here in the sheriff’s office is definitely to his advantage,” Singleton told a news conference Friday. I thought it was a well thought out plan. “
“His knowledge hurt us,” the sheriff added. “It’s a very calculated plan.”
Sheriff added that Vicky White also used nicknames, including to buy a car. “I’m assuming he’s probably given up on these nicknames and maybe he’s got some new identity now.”
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The U.S. Marshals Service said the couple should be considered dangerous and could be armed with an AR-15 rifle, a handgun and a shotgun.
The agency said Casey White had threatened his ex-girlfriend and his sister in 2015 that if he ever went out, he would “kill them and he wanted the police to kill him.” Authorities have warned the detainee of “potential targets” and taken steps to protect him, the Marshall Service said.
The service also released a number of photos of Casey White and her tattoos, as well as a photo rendering of how Vicky White, who was blonde when she disappeared, would look with dark and short hair.
The agency is offering up to $ 10,000 for information on detainees and up to افسر 5,000 for officers.
On Friday, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced an additional 5,000 reward for information leading to the capture of Vicky White and Casey White.
When asked on Friday what she would say to Vicki White if she could hear him, the sheriff said, “You know we’re going to look for you. Hopefully we’ll find you safe.”
“If you’re safe now, you’re still safe, get out as soon as you can and talk to the local authorities, wherever you are,” said Singleton.
CNN’s Ryan Young, Chuck Johnston and Jade Tim Garcia contributed to this report.