'Their plan was pretty faulty': Casey White captured, Vicky White deceased. What we know

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Vicky and Casey White were found in Evansville on Monday following a nationwide manhunt that garnered national attention.

The Alabama corrections officer and inmate reportedly staged an escape from Lauderdale County Jail on April 29, but have been apprehended, ending the 10-day manhunt.

However, Vicky White, 56, reportedly shot herself after the chase and died later at Deaconess Hospital.

Here's what we know about the case:

Casey and Vicky White: Pair wanted in Alabama prison escape, found in Evansville

Who are Casey and Vicky White?

Casey White was imprisoned in Alabama on an attempted murder charge and also allegedly confessed to killing 59-year-old Alabama mother Connie Ridgeway in 2015, CNN reported. Vicky White was a correctional officer who officials believe aided in his escape. The two are not related.

Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton disclosed that the inmate and corrections officer had a "special relationship" spanning two years. Vicky White provided Casey White with extra food and privileges, police said.

Where in Evansville were they found?

Officials received a tip that a 2006 Ford F-150 had been discovered at Weinbach Car Wash. The owner of the car wash provided security camera footage to investigators, police said. The footage showed a man who looked like Casey White standing next to the vehicle.

A manager at the car wash later said law enforcement was slow to act on his concerns about the F-150 pickup.

James Stinson, who has managed the car wash for 18 years, told the Courier & Press he first noticed a suspicious vehicle parked in a wash bay May 3, the same day police now say Casey White and Vicky White abandoned a Ford F-150 truck in Evansville.

Police say there was initially no evidence linking the pickup truck to the case, and due to a miscommunication, officers believed as late as Monday morning that the vehicle was connected to a different crime in Kentucky.

More on the vehicles: How Evansville police connected pickup truck to Alabama prison escapee Casey White

Evidence recovered at the car wash indicated Casey White and Vicky White left the area on May 3 in a Cadillac sedan.

The chase of the two began after an Evansville police officer thought he recognized a car, a gray Cadillac "associated with this criminal incident," Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding said Monday.

How did Vicky White and Casey White book a room at Motel 41?

Officials don't believe the pair has a connection to Evansville, and haven't said why the Whites spent so much time here.

According to police, the Whites may have stayed in Evansville for more than a week.

Police said someone local likely helped Casey White and Vicky White secure a room at Motel 41. The man was later identified as homeless convicted sex offender Shawn Eugene Gardner.

The pair was likely able to go undetected for so long because of Vicky White's more than $90,000 in cash from selling her Alabama home a month ago, said Lenny DePaul, the former chief inspector and commander of the U.S. Marshals' New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force.

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Room 150 at Motel 41 off Hwy 41 in Evansville, Ind., was where Alabama fugitives Casey White and Vicky White were reportedly staying before being captured by local law enforcement Monday evening, May 9, 2022.
Room 150 at Motel 41 off Hwy 41 in Evansville, Ind., was where Alabama fugitives Casey White and Vicky White were reportedly staying before being captured by local law enforcement Monday evening, May 9, 2022.

Who is Shawn Eugene Gardner?

Police say Shawn Eugene Gardner, a convicted sex offender, showed his drivers' license to rent the room at Motel 41 for Casey White and Vicky White. In exchange, Wedding said, the fugitives gave him $100 in cash.

Gardner was not charged with any crime for helping rent the room, but shortly after the fugitives were caught, he was in the Vanderburgh County Jail on unrelated drug charges.

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Gardner pleaded guilty to attempted rape of an 80-year-old Evansville woman in 2003 and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Wedding said Gardner met Casey White and Vicky White as he was leaving another motel, but Gardner told police he didn't recognize them.

A timeline of their escape, capture

The pair's escape spanned more than 10 days and 300 miles before their confrontation with law enforcement in Evansville.

We know it began on the morning of Friday, April 29, when Vicky White, described by corrections officials as a model employee, removed the inmate from jail and disappeared.

Read more: How did the Alabama inmate and officer evade authorities for so long? Money, expert says.

At 3:30 p.m. on the same day, a booking officer reported that calls to Vicky White were going to voicemail and that Casey White was not returned to the detention center with the other inmates. By May 1, a $10,000 reward for information on the duo was issued, and they were called a "serious threat" to the public.

For more on the full timeline of events, click here.

What happened during the pursuit?

Hamrick's Towing & Recovery hauls the Cadillac sedan fugitives Casey White and Vicky White, no relation, were driving when law enforcement officials forced them into a ditch at Burch Drive in Evansville, Ind., after a short chase Monday evening, May 9, 2022. The two have been on the run since Vicky White, a detention officer, helped the inmate Casey White escape the Lauderdale County Detention Center April 28, 2022.
Hamrick's Towing & Recovery hauls the Cadillac sedan fugitives Casey White and Vicky White, no relation, were driving when law enforcement officials forced them into a ditch at Burch Drive in Evansville, Ind., after a short chase Monday evening, May 9, 2022. The two have been on the run since Vicky White, a detention officer, helped the inmate Casey White escape the Lauderdale County Detention Center April 28, 2022.

According to Wedding, once officers gave chase, the people in the vehicle fled north on Highway 41 and the pursuit only lasted three minutes.

U.S. marshals' vehicles basically wedged in the suspects’ vehicle, which in turn ran into a ditch and flipped on its side.

Aftermath of the pursuit

Wedding said Vicky White shot herself after the chase and suffered serious injuries. Around 8 p.m. officials said she had died, and the Vanderburgh County coroner determined Tuesday evening that she had killed herself with a single gunshot wound to the head.

Muddy tracks mark the spot where the Cadillac sedan fugitives Casey White and Vicky White, no relation, were driving when law enforcement officials forced them into a ditch at Burch Drive in Evansville, Ind., after a short chase Monday evening, May 9, 2022. The two have been on the run since Vicky White, a detention officer, helped the inmate Casey White escape the Lauderdale County Detention Center April 28, 2022.
Muddy tracks mark the spot where the Cadillac sedan fugitives Casey White and Vicky White, no relation, were driving when law enforcement officials forced them into a ditch at Burch Drive in Evansville, Ind., after a short chase Monday evening, May 9, 2022. The two have been on the run since Vicky White, a detention officer, helped the inmate Casey White escape the Lauderdale County Detention Center April 28, 2022.

Casey White, the 38-year-old driver, was injured in the crash but surrendered to authorities.

"Upon his surrender, he said, 'Help my wife. She just shot herself,'" U.S. Marshal Chad Hunt on Tuesday told ABC News "Good Morning America." Officials have previously said the two were not related.

No law enforcement officials were injured, Wedding said. Authorities will provide more information in a news conference Tuesday. FBI officials were also at the scene of the capture.

What's next for Casey White?

Casey White made a virtual court appearance Tuesday morning where he reportedly waived extradition to Alabama, so he will likely return soon to the state he escaped.

U.S. marshals and the Vanderburgh County Sheriff's office held a news conference at 11 a.m. Central to provide more information about the case.

Casey White planned to have a "shootout" with officers if he and his alleged accomplice hadn't been caught Monday afternoon, Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding said during the conference.

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Wedding said Casey White shared his plans during interviews with officials Monday night.

"Their plan was pretty faulty," Wedding said. "And it failed."

This article originally appeared on Evansville Courier & Press: Casey White caught, Vicky White dead. What we know in Evansville, Ind.