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THE shocking moment a female corrections officer helped her 6'9" convict "lover" escape jail was caught on camera as police warn that the pair could be armed with an AR-15 and shotgun.

Vicky White, 56, is seen in surveillance video holding the door open for a shackled Casey White, 38, with a second angle showing them getting into a marked patrol car and driving away.

Newly-released surveillance video shows Vicky White holding a door open for Casey White before the two fled a county jailCredit: Lauderdale County Sheriff's Office
The pair got into a black police car then drove off on April 29, sparking an urgent manhuntCredit: Lauderdale County Sheriff's Office
Vicky, a high-ranking corrections officer, sold her home a month ago and was supposed to retire the day the duo disappeared, authorities saidCredit: Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office
Casey White was awaiting trial on a capital murder charge while already serving time for a 2015 crime spree, according to US MarshalsCredit: AFP

An urgent manhunt is underway after authorities say the two fled the Lauderdale County, Alabama, jail around 9.30am on April 29.

It's been revealed that Vicky and Casey had a "special relationship," though the pair is not related despite sharing a last name.

They are both considered fugitives after the sheriff's squad car seen in the surveillance video was found in the parking lot of a local shopping center, with both Whites nowhere in sight.

Through the investigation, detectives learned that Vicky sold her home a month ago and was set to retire from her job as a high-ranking female corrections officer on the day the duo disappeared.

She reportedly told her colleagues around 9am that she was taking Casey White, a murder suspect, to the county courthouse for a mental health evaluation.

She also told her coworkers that she felt ill and planned to see a doctor afterward.

No one realized that the two were missing until around 3.30pm.

The US Marshals Service is offering up to $10,000 for information leading to the capture of Casey White, and up to $5,000 for Vicky White's apprehension.

"The subjects should be considered dangerous and may be armed with an AR-15 rifle, handguns, and a shotgun," the US Marshals Service said in a Tuesday news release.

They may be traveling in an orange or copper 2007 Ford Edge that might be missing a license plate. There is minor damage on the car's rear left bumper, authorities said.

Following their disappearance in northwest Alabama, an arrest warrant was issued for Vicky White on charges of permitting or facilitating escape in the first degree, Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton said.

Singleton told reporters that while it's clear Vicky "participated" in Casey White's escape, it's unclear whether she did so willingly.

This is apparently not the first time Casey White has attempted to escape custody.

The son of his alleged victim says that White attempted to break out of the same jail in October 2020, shortly after an alleged confession to the cold case murder of Connie Ridgeway, a 58-year-old mom of two who was stabbed to death during a home invasion in 2015.

Casey White was already serving time for a 2015 crime spree that involved home invasion, carjacking, and a police chase, according to the US Marshals. He reportedly confessed to Ridgeway's murder and was awaiting trial at the Lauderdale jail when he disappeared.

News of the security footage comes as Ridgeway's son, Austin Williams, told The US Sun that he fears for his safety, as well as the safety of the general public, while Casey White remains at large.

"He's a very dangerous person with a violent history and anyone who comes into contact with [Casey White and Vicky White] needs to contact 911 right away," Austin said.

"This is a six-foot-nine, 250-pound man who broke into a woman’s apartment and stabbed her to death," he alleged.

"Anyone who crosses his path is in a huge amount of danger ... there's no limit to what he might do."

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