Vicky White and Casey White have not been seen since. The patrol car the officer and inmate took from the jail was found abandoned in a shopping center parking lot.
Vicky White’s jail keys, radio and handcuffs were found inside.
Officials believe Vicky White, 56, and inmate Casey White, 38, were traveling during their escape from the Lauderdale County Detention Center in Alabama.
Although locating the SUV gave authorities a sense of the direction the pair was headed, investigators are still trying to piece together their movements days after they left the jail in a patrol car.
Surveillance video from the detention center showed the pair getting into a patrol car at the facility the morning of their disappearance, with Casey White handcuffed and shackled, officials have said.
Authorities believe the SUV may have experienced mechanical problems, which prompted the sudden stop in that area.
Investigators don’t yet know if the pair stole another vehicle or caught a ride with someone else, the sheriff said.