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AN autopsy report has determined that former corrections officer Vicky White died by suicide from a self-inflicted gunshot wound as chilling 911 audio may have revealed her final words.

Police say Vicky shot herself as she and her fugitive lover Casey White were captured by police on Monday in Evansville, Indiana, ending an 11-day manhunt.

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Vicky White's death has been ruled a suicide from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the headCredit: Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office
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Police say Vicky shot herself as police closed in on the vehicle she and Casey were speeding away inCredit: Evansville Police Department
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Vicky's alleged lover Casey White was taken into police custody
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Casey White was escorted to the Lauderdale County Courthouse for arraignment on Tuesday, where he was charged with escape in the first degreeCredit: AP

Newly-released 911 audio may reveal some of Vicky’s last words to Casey as officers closed in on the couple’s vehicle. Vicky appeared to say, "Airbags are going off. Let's get out and run."

Loud pops are then heard before the audio cuts. It's unknown who called 911 or why the call was made in the first place.

Footage from Tuesday showed Casey being escorted to the Lauderdale County Courthouse by a group of officers in bulletproof vests.

Standing at a staggering six-foot-nine-inches, he was seen in a yellow jumpsuit as he was led to his arraignment with his hands cuffed.

The suspected murderer towered over the squad of guards who escorted him into the building.

Reporters at the scene asked Casey questions, including if he ever loved Vicky or if he planned the escape. He was silent the entire time.

During his court appearance, Casey’s attorneys informed the court that they will file a motion for a change of venue for their client's upcoming trial for the murder of Connie Ridgeway.

The trial is scheduled for June with his attorneys saying that Casey wanted the trial to go ahead despite their advice.

The former fugitive was charged with escape in the first degree, only speaking to inform Judge Ben Graves that he had received proper counsel.

A visible wound could be seen on the back of Casey’s shaven head as he sat in the small courtroom. It is the only evidence of any injuries he sustained when the couple’s vehicle overturned on Monday.

The court appearance lasted only 15 minutes, after which Casey was immediately transferred to a state prison in Bessemer.

MANHUNT OVER

The pair was located at a hotel before taking authorities on a brief car chase in Evansville, Indiana that lasted “less than a few minutes,” Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding said.

Back in Alabama where the two disappeared, Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton explained that Casey White was driving the vehicle while Vicky White was a passenger.

He said at some point during the police pursuit, their vehicle was involved in a wreck. Casey surrendered while Vicky was taken to the hospital.

Hours later, the local coroner confirmed that Vicky died at the hospital.

The two fugitives were expected to be brought back to Alabama for arraignment on new charges following their capture. Casey White has been charged with escape, said Singleton, and Vicky was facing multiple charges.

Before her death, Singleton said that he hoped Vicky would survive and that authorities in Alabama wanted answers from her.

"We don't wish any will ill on Vicky in terms of her health or wellbeing but she has some answers to give us," he said.

"I had every bit of trust in Vicky White. She had been an exemplary employee. And what in the world provoked her, or prompted her, to pull something like this, I don’t know. I don’t know if we’ll ever know."

The vehicle the two were driving in is believed to have been stolen in Tennessee and was driven nearly 175 miles to Evansville, investigators said. 

LOCAL TIPSTER

Photos of an abandoned blue Ford F150 were released by US Marshals earlier on Monday. The vehicle was found at a carwash in Evansville. 

James Stinson, who manages the carwash, told NewsNation that he noticed the truck had been at his business for several days. 

Stinson said that he called local police, who told the man that he could have the truck towed, which he did. 

Days later, on Sunday, he checked surveillance footage and noticed Casey and Vicky near the vehicle and immediately told authorities. 

When asked what he thought of how the manhunt ended, Stinson said he knew that it would turn out this way.

“If a local cop had pulled them over, he [White] would’ve shot them. It took a team of law enforcement to do this,” he said.

Stinson urged community members to come forward with information in the future, adding: “See something, say something. It works.”

INTENSE MANHUNT

Alleged lovers Casey and Vicky led police on a 10-day manhunt after the two fled the Lauderdale County, Alabama, jail at around 9.30am on April 29.

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

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

The two are not related despite having the same last name.

As the county's assistant director of corrections, Vicky "was frequently throughout the cell blocks, has contact with all the inmates at one time or another," Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton told CNN.

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

On the day of the prison break, Vicky told her colleagues around 9am that she was taking 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.

As the search intensified, police warned the public that the two were considered dangerous and may be armed with an AR-15 rifle, handguns, and a shotgun.

Following their disappearance in northwest Alabama, an arrest warrant was issued for Vicky on charges of permitting or facilitating escape in the first degree.

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

CASEY WHITE'S FIRST PRISON BREAK ATTEMPT

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

The son of his alleged victim said 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.

White was already serving time for a 2015 crime spree that involved a 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.

Ridgeway's son, Austin Williams, told The US Sun that he feared for his safety, as well as the safety of the general public, while Casey White remained at large.

"He's a very dangerous person with a violent history and anyone who comes into contact with [Casey and Vicky] 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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Casey stands at six-foot-nineCredit: Lauderdale County Sheriff's Office/MEGA
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The inmate towered over armed guards as he was led into the courthouseCredit: Lauderdale County Sheriff's Office/MEGA
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Photos showed their wrecked vehicle after Casey White surrenderedCredit: Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office
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Vicky was captured on surveillance video holding the door for a shackled Casey White on the morning of their prison escapeCredit: The Mega Agency
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Investigators claim Vicky and Casey White had an intimate relationshipCredit: U.S. Marshals

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