SULLIVAN COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) — After three inmates escaped from the Sullivan County jail early Friday morning, Sheriff Jeff Cassidy’s office said they may be fleeing in a vehicle.
According to a release from the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office, officers are looking for a white 2001 Chevrolet Silverado short-bed with Tennessee registration 830GSD. The release date did not specify a suspected direction of movement.
“Our primary focus continues to be the apprehension of escaped inmates,” a statement from Cassidy’s office said. “Reward money is still offered by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the United States Marshals Service for information leading to the location and arrest of escaped inmates.”
A combined reward of up to $22,500 was offered for information leading to the men’s capture. The three were added to the TBI’s most wanted list on Friday.
Their descriptions can be found below:
- Tobias Wayne Carr, 38 years old. 5 feet and 11 inches. 160-pounder with brown hair and blue eyes
- Johnny Shane Brown, 50 years. 5 feet and 11 inches. 200 pounds with gray hair and brown eyes
- Timothy Allen Sarver, 45 years old. 6 feet and 2 inches. 235 pounds with strawberry blonde hair and green eyes
The SCSO previously said the three men allegedly climbed into an overhead vent, via the prison’s HVAC system. Then they disappeared into the Sullivan County community.
In response to their escape, schools in Sullivan County were placed in a “secure” state throughout Friday. This meant that the doors to each building were locked and checked regularly. Faculty, students and staff were also only able to exit and enter the building to a limited extent.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of detainees is encouraged to call 1-800-TBI-FIND.
It’s an ongoing story. Details will be updated as they become available.