EVANSVILLE, Ind. — At first glance, Room 150 at the Motel 41 in Evansville, Indiana, seems nondescript. But it suddenly has become a hot tourist attraction with a long waiting list.
That’s because it was the room where escaped Alabama inmate Casey White and former corrections officer Vicky White stayed while they were fugitives from the law. The two, who are not related, disappeared from the Lauderdale County Jail on April 29 and were the subjects of a nationwide manhunt.
They were discovered on May 9 after leaving the Evansville motel, and the ensuing pursuit by law enforcement officials ended when the Cadillac they were driving crashed. Casey White, a capital murder suspect, was arrested and Vicky White died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
Now, the motel room where they stayed has been booked solid.
More than 65 people are on a waitlist for the room, WHNT-TV reported. A clerk at the motel, who wished to remain anonymous, said that, as of last week, more than 60 people were waiting to stay at the room, the television station reported.
The normal rate at Motel 41 is around $63 per night, the clerk told AL.com.
The clerk told WHNT that the room’s rate has jumped to $75 per night.
Room 150 is located on the ground floor of the motel, AL.com reported. Like other rooms at the motel, amenities include a queen-sized bed and flat-screen cable television, according to the website.
Vicky White and Casey White paid a man $100 to use his identification to book the motel room at Motel 41, The Evansville Courier & Press and AL.com reported. They had paid to stay 14 days at the motel, AL.com reported.
Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding told CNN that the man, who was homeless and a sex offender, did not break the law by taking the money and booking the room. Officials don’t think that he knew that the couple was wanted.
Casey White told law enforcement officials about the arrangement during an interview after his arrest. The man who booked the motel room was arrested on an unrelated drug charge on May 12 and was being held on a $500 bond when he corroborated Casey White’s statement.
WAFF-TV reported that investigators confirmed that Vicky White and Casey White had a relationship while the inmate was in custody.
Vicky White had submitted her retirement papers to the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office, and her last day was supposed to be the day she disappeared.
She had sold her home and had been living with her mother, Pat Davis, for the past five weeks. Davis said her daughter never told her about retiring or made any mention of Casey White, WAAY-TV reported.
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