Wilmington, NC police reported Monday that Tobias Carr and Timothy Sarver, two Tennessee inmates who escaped prison on Friday, were found dead in Wilmington. The third inmate, Johnny Brown, is still at large. Police are investigating the scene to determine what happened.
According to reports, Carr and Sarver robbed a convenience store Monday before leading police on a high-speed chase. Officers were able to remotely disable the vehicle in Wilmington, NC, and when police arrived at the location, the two Tennessee jail escapees were found dead. It is unclear if the third inmate was in the car at the time of the chase or the robbery.
Causes of death for both Timothy Sarver and Tobias Carr have not been released. Officers said they will release additional information at a later date.
A location for Johnny Brown is unknown and authorities have issued a $7,500 reward for the third missing inmate.
Police first reported the three missing jail escapees on Friday. The three men escaped from Sullivan County Jail in northeastern Tennessee, and it is believed that they escaped through an HVAC air vent that was located in their cell. A timeframe for their disappearance was never reported.
An initial report had the three inmates driving in a white 2001 Chevrolet Silverado truck. The vehicle was later found abandoned.
The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office later issued a statement to the public. “Our goal at this point is to locate these individuals and bring them back to jail,” said Capt. Andy Seabolt. “Obviously, security measures failed, and we are investigating to see exactly what occurred.”
After the escape, all Sullivan County Schools and the local library were secured on Friday. This meant that school doors were locked and regularly checked, and students and teachers were not allowed to leave the buildings. School resource officers were also stationed at all schools.
Residents of Sullivan County were notified about the escaped inmates via a reverse 911 call and told not to approach them if they were spotted. An emergency alert was issued for a two-mile radius around the county.
According to reports, Tobias Carr, Timothy Sarver, and Johnny Brown were serving sentences for multiple crimes when they escaped. 38-year-old Carr was serving time for first-degree murder, vandalism and tampering with evidence before he was found dead. April 2020 court documents show that the Tennessee inmate killed his wife, Jennifer Carr.
The young woman was found in a mobile home in Nov. 2019. She had been stabbed multiple times and, according to authorities, Tobias Carr disposed of his clothes after killing his wife.
Timothy Sarver was serving time for identity theft, auto theft, drug paraphernalia, and unlawful carrying of a weapon. Authorities said that it was Sarver who had a connection to Pulaski County, but officers couldn’t find a reason why the Tennessee inmate returned to the area.
Johnny Brown was in Sullivan County Jail for domestic assault, driving on a suspended or revoked license, failure to appear, violation of order of protection, harassment and aggravated stalking. Reports show that he was expected to appear in court on Friday.
Authorities are describing him as 50 years old with gray hair and brown eyes. He is 5 foot 11 inches and weighs 200 pounds.
Officers asking anyone with information about Brown’s whereabouts can call the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation at 1-800-TBI-FIND.