Alabama Corrections Officer Dies After She And Escaped Murder Were Captured In Evansville

EVANSVILLE, Ind.– Alabama corrections official Vicky White and escaped capital murder suspect Casey Cole White were captured in Evansville,  Indiana on Monday after more than a week-long manhunt, Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton said. Vicky White, who had been hospitalized after the pair was apprehended, died later Monday night, at a hospital in Evansville.

Coroner Steve Lockyear said in the statement that White died at 7:06 p.m. local time, adding that an autopsy is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Tuesday.Authorities have not publicly released a cause of death, but a source from the U.S. Marshals office told CBS News that authorities believe Vicky White suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

At a press conference earlier Monday, Singleton said Casey White surrendered without incident and Vicky White was hospitalized after their vehicle crashed. He did not provide any additional details about her injuries.

The capture came after a citizen tip led authorities to Evansville, Indiana, more than 200 miles from where they initially disappeared, Singleton said. Two law enforcement sources told CBS News’ senior investigative producer Pat Milton that investigators had “developed information” that they were potentially driving an older model Cadillac not far from a car wash where a Ford F-150 had been abandoned. The Ford F-150 had been reported stolen from Tennessee, which is where authorities found the vehicle the pair had most recently been known to be driving, the sources said.

The U.S. Marshals Service found the Cadillac at a hotel and set up surveillance, the sources said. They then spotted the pair leaving the hotel and getting in the vehicle, with Casey White driving and Vicky White in the passenger’s seat. A chase ensued when they refused to pull over, which ended when the car flipped over into a ditch.

One law enforcement source told CBS News that as investigators took Casey White into custody, he said, “She shot herself. I did not do it.”

Prior to Vicky White’s death, Singleton said the pair would be extradited to Alabama, with Casey White set to be arraigned quickly in Lauderdale County before he’s transferred to the Department of Corrections.

“We got a very dangerous man off the streets today,” Singleton said. “And he is never going to see the light of day again.”