Two inmates who escaped Tennessee jail through air vent are dead, sheriff’s office says

Two of three Tennessee inmates who escaped a county jail through the HVAC air vent system are now dead, and the hunt for the third is ongoing, authorities announced.

Tobias Wayne Carr, 38; Johnny Shane Brown, 50; and Timothy Allen Sarver, 45, escaped from the Sullivan County Jail in Tennessee on Friday morning, leaving through the vent on the roof.

Carr and Sarver were “confirmed deceased” in Wilmington, North Carolina, after being involved in a robbery at a convenience store and in a car pursuit, the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office said in an update Monday afternoon.

However, Johnny Brown remains at large.

On Tuesday, new details of Carr and Sarver’s deaths emerged.

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation said in a statement that Carr and Sarver were the two individuals who died after a pursuit over the weekend that ended in Brunswick County.

The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office shared details of that fatal pursuit in a news release, though without naming Carr and Sarver.

It said two white men allegedly entered a Speedway Convenience stop in Sneads Ferry, North Carolina, on Saturday around 4:30 a.m. and robbed the clerk at gunpoint.

They allegedly tied up the clerk, stole money from the register and safe and fled in the clerk’s car, according the sheriff’s office. The clerk was not injured in the incident. 

When another police department responded to the scene and spoke with the victim, the victim suddenly saw his vehicle drive by with the two men inside. 

That sighting launched a car chase with multiple agencies assisting and ended in Brunswick County when the vehicle crashed. 

“Both suspects are deceased and the investigation of the events during the pursuit are being investigated by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation,” the release said.

The U.S. Marshals Service and Tennessee Bureau of Investigations are also aiding in the search for the last inmate.

The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office previously announced a reward of $7,500 for information leading to an arrest of each man.

Anyone with information regarding where the men may be headed is asked to call 1-800-TBI-FIND.

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