3 inmates escape Macon County jail; Search ongoing


UPDATE at 1:15 p.m. – All three inmates remain at large. The THP said they were given wrong information regarding one of the escapees being taken into custody around 12:20 p.m.

MACON COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – Sheriff’s deputies located the truck used in a bold escape from the Macon County jail. They are still searching for the three inmates who are on the run after escaping on Tuesday.

The truck was found on Cook Cemetery Road in Lafayette Wednesday morning. A K-9 team was called in to track the escapees.

The inmates got out by removing a speaker and going through a hole the wall in a closet, according to investigators. The inmates dropped down into a hallway and went out the door. They believe the inmates then stole a pickup truck from an uncle of one of the escapees.

Truck found on Cook Cemetery Road in Lafayette (Photo: WKRN)

Macon County Sheriff Mark Gammons identified the escapees as Matt White, Jeffrey Strong and Dylan Ferguson.

Ferguson was reportedly awaiting trial for homicide while Strong and White were being held on drug and theft convictions.

In the wake of his escape, Ferguson was added to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Top 10 Most Wanted List.

Ferguson, along with Stephen Sullivan, are accused of killing 40-year-old Brandon Fye. His body was found in a wooded area near Shrum Hollow Road in Macon County in August 2016.

It is unknown when the trio escaped from the jail and officials are reviewing video evidence to determine exactly when they escaped.

US Marshals and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have been called in to assist with the investigation.

Sheriff Gammons said the inmates are to be considered dangerous but does not know if the men are armed. Anyone with information is asked to call 615-666-7155.

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