NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The SUV believed to be connected to an escaped Alabama inmate, Casey White, and the former correctional officer, Vicky White, accused of helping him has been found in Middle Tennessee.
According to the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, the vehicle—a rust-colored 2007 Ford Edge—was discovered over the weekend abandoned in a rural area near Smithson Road and Banner Adams Road.
The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office tweeted Friday afternoon that the vehicle used by Casey White and Vicky White was located in Bethesda. They go on to say that there is no sign that the two are still in the area.
The SUV was reported abandoned a week ago. At the time, it had not been linked to the escape. The vehicle has been impounded.
The U.S. Marshals task force searching for the two was in Williamson County where they searched the area Friday morning.
Casey White and Vicky White were last seen on April 29 after leaving the Lauderdale County Detention Center in Alabama. It’s believed Vicky White helped Casey White escape.
Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton held a press conference about the case on Friday afternoon. Singleton explained that the SUV was found before the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office knew they were missing.
The call came into the tow company at 1:50 p.m. and the car was towed at 2:37 p.m. The tow truck driver saw an alert for the vehicle on May 3 and recalled towing a similar SUV a few days earlier, according to Singleton. The driver then called the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office.
Law enforcement officials are looking into reports of stolen vehicles in the area for clues to where Vicky White and Casey White have gone next.
Chris Johnson lives in the area where the SUV was discovered and told News 2 word of a nationwide manhunt in his backyard is unsettling.
“My sister called me freaking out, so I had to leave work to help my sister get out the house and check all the doors. It’s an eerie feeling, kind of got the hair on your arm standing up,” Johnson said.
He also has kids who attend school nearby and received a notification from school authorities Friday morning, warning of a heavy police presence in the area but saying all students were safe.
“My kids go to Bethesda school and my sister sends me text messages about a heavy police presence and Metro and everyone and Williamson, and then the school calls and says they are going to continue the day as normal,” Johnson recalled. “They are safe, they haven’t put the school on lockdown yet, but it’s eerie. Kids in the area, this is a little country town; you wouldn’t think of it happening here. It is a scary feeling, man. Like I said, eerie.”
The U.S. Marshals Service has offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Casey White and a $5,000 reward for Vicky White.
In addition to the reward offered by the U.S. Marshal, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey announced on Friday, a $10,000 award for the capture and arrest of both Casey White and Vicky White.
If you see them, you can call the USMS at 1-800-336-0102.
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This is a developing story. WKRN News 2 will continue to update this article as new information becomes available.