A former US Marshals commander says Vickey White may have separated from her fugitive ‘lover’ Casey to foil search attempts, but says the FBI will still catch couple even if they’ve been ‘foolish’ enough to flee abroad.
Lenny DePaul told Fox News that the couple – who are not related, but are believed to be in a romance – may have separated to frustrate attempts to track them down.
But DePaul added that the Alabama pair ‘would be fools to leave the country.’
‘That would be a dumb move,’ the retired Marshal, who worked for the New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force, said. ‘It does not make life difficult for us as an agency.’
‘You’ve got to remember, Interpol – 186 countries under them – we work well with our international folks. We have an international branch within the Marshal Service, and we’re on the ground in several countries.
‘We’re way ahead of the curve on that stuff,’ he told Fox News. He even said it ‘would help us’ if the couple went abroad.
DePaul retired from the force in 2013 after spending decades working for the Marshals and has not been involved in the search for the couple.
He also suggested the pair could have separated after fleeing from the Alabama jail as their height difference would make hiding in plain sight ‘difficult.’ Capital murder suspect Casey, 38, stands at a towering 6-foot-9-inches and weighs 330 pounds, while Vicky, 56, is a mere 5-foot-5 and 145 pounds.
‘These people are sleeping with one eye open. They don’t know what their next move is going to be, who’s looking at them?’ he said. ‘Time is on [the] investigators’ side. They’ve got nothing but time.’
Former Marshall Lenny DePaul (pictured) said it ‘does not make life difficult for us as an agency’ if the couple were to go abroad, but said they’d be ‘fools’ to do it
Former Alabama correctional officer Vicky White, 57, has been missing over a week after she got her ‘lover’ Casey White, not related to each other, out of jail
A former US Marshal believes Casey, 38, (pictured) may have separated after fleeing jail as their height difference would make hiding in plain sight ‘difficult.’ The convict stands at a daunting 6-foot-9, while Vickey stands at 5-foot-5
In recent days, the Marshals have released more identifying information about the couple, such as Casey has brown hair, hazel eyes, and included several pictures of what he might look like with different hairstyles. They also showed various images of Casey’s tattoos, with many of them linked to white supremacy groups, including the ‘Southern Brotherhood’ – which is reportedly a white supremacist prison gang.
As of Vicky, they described her as having a ‘waddling gait,’ brown eyes, and released photos of what she’d look like with brown and shorter hairstyles.
New reports from authorities say they are even suspecting that Vicky is rolling Casey, dressed as a woman, around in a wheelchair. They believe that Casey might be put in a wheelchair to distract people from noticing his 6-foot-9 frame, the Lauderdale County District Attorney Chris Connolly told News Nation.
Connolly also described White as ‘smart’ and ‘frugal’ and that she was someone who could have $90,000 in the bank when she withdrew after the escape.
Officials also suspect that Vicky might be disguising herself as an elderly woman with a grey wig.
Authorities have also advised the public to consider them ‘armed and dangerous,’ as the couple may be in possession of shotgun, an AR-15, and Vicky’s service weapon.
He also highlighted that the couple had ‘cash’ and could provide themselves with ‘provisions’ while they avoided the public. It is believed that Vicky pulled out $90,000 in cash from various local banks prior to the escape.
‘They can afford to go dark, not talk to anybody,’ DePaul told Fox News. ‘The big question is how long are they going to last together?’
Despite Casey being sentenced to 75 years for a list of 2015 crimes, including murder, all eyes are on Vicky, according to DePaul. He said that law enforcement is ‘turning her world upside down’ and deep diving into her previous purchases, browser history, and her digital trial to see what the ‘game plan’ was.
‘She was on the outside. Regardless of whether or not he’s groomed her and he brought her on board and convinced her of whatever, your focus is on her right now,’ the Navy veteran told Fox News. ‘That digital footprint in today’s world is very, very important. Her trusted circle of friends – we call it: ‘Who’s Who in the Zoo.’ They’re taking a look at everybody.’
The Marshals have released various photos of the couple, showing off Casey’s tattoos – many which have references to white supremacy – and what they would look with different hairstyles
Leading up to their jailbreak, Vicky had sold her home a few weeks prior, was set to retire on the day they escaped, and had purchased an orange 2007 Ford Edge SUV, which was later found in Tennessee covered in green spray paint. She also reportedly purchased the car under an alias.
Police said they were ‘back to square one’ on Friday in their search for Casey and Vicky, after finding the pair’s abandoned vehicle.
The couple reportedly escaped on the pretense that she was supposed to be taking him to court, but instead, they drove away from the jail in a police vehicle. They then switched to Vicky’s Ford. They then reportedly drove 100 miles north to Tennessee and then dumped the car. It’s unclear where they went next.
Vicky, who has a spotless record, is suspected of helping the long-time criminal of escaping custody one week ago on her last day of work before retirement.
However, her former employee Tyson Johnson, says that he’s not surprised and that ‘no one’ is that Vicky was capable of this, calling her smart and calculated.
‘That’s a good question, honestly I don’t think she’ll be found. She has calculated enough that she has thought this entire thing out,’ said Johnson, who worked for Vicky for seven years before he claims he was wrongfully terminated, of her whereabouts.
The couple escape the Alabama jail over a week ago after Vickey managed convinced other employees she was taking him to court. It was discovered later that he did not have a scheduled court appearance
Authorities found Vicky’s orange Ford Edge, which she purchased under an alias prior to their escape, in Tennessee and released a diagram showing their height difference (pictured)
Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office released these images which appeared to show an attempt to spray paint Vicky’s orange Ford SUV green. The discovery of the car was announced on Friday
‘She definitely outsmarted the sheriff, she outsmarted the administrator of the jail.’
Johnson also claims that Vicky would often alter her appearance either physically or in photos, which may make pictures police give out to try and locate her ineffective.
‘Vicky used the tanning bed a lot,’ he said. ‘Vicky may have been 57 years old but she looked 75. The photos that they’re releasing of her, there are filters, they’re all bright on the face because it’s not showing the true her. A lot of people, former employees, said if Vicky dyed her hair grey and put on some old lady clothes and glasses, she could walk right by you and you would never know it.’
People reported seeing Vicky at both a department store and an adult store after the escape, but employees at both stores refused to comment.
In light of his escape with Vicky, authorities are also re-opening an investigation into the mysterious death of his ex-girlfriend, Christy Shelton, in 2008.
Casey was there when Shelton was shot in the chest with a sawed-off shotgun. Her death was ruled a suicide, but her family never believed the story, WAFF reports.
The couple has only been spotted once since fleeing at a gas station
He has a history of violence with partners, having shot at his ex-girlfriend during a crime spree in which he killed a dog and held her roommates at gunpoint.
The 2015 incident concluded in the 6-foot-9 ‘monster’ being sentenced to 75 years in prison on charges including attempted murder.
The pair reportedly met in 2020 and developed a secret ‘special relationship’ during phone calls while Casey was being held in a different jail.
Inmates allege Vicky ensured Casey ‘was getting extra food on his trays’ and ‘was getting privileges no one else got,’ a claim that Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton told CNN has been confirmed by an independent investigation.
‘As far as we know that was the earliest physical contact they had,’ Singleton said of the arraignment. He claims Casey and Vicky continued to communicate after the accused murderer was transferred back to the prison.
Authorities are offering a $25,000 reward for anyone with information on the couple.