Two inmates who escaped Tennessee jail through air vent are dead, authorities say

Two of three Tennessee inmates who escaped from a county jail through the HVAC air vent system are dead, and the hunt for the third continues, 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 they were 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.

Brown remains at large.

New details about Carr and Sarver's deaths emerged Tuesday.

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

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

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

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

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

That launched a car chase with multiple agencies assisting, which 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 the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation are also aiding in the search for Brown, the last inmate.

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

Anyone with information about where Brown may be headed is asked to call 1-800-TBI-FIND.