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$12,500 reward offered for safe return of 9-year-old; surveillance video released

Carlie Trent (Source: TBI) Carlie Trent (Source: TBI)
Carlie was last seen with her non-custodial uncle, Gary Simpson (Source: TBI) Carlie was last seen with her non-custodial uncle, Gary Simpson (Source: TBI)
This is a generic photo of the type of van they may be in (Source: TBI) This is a generic photo of the type of van they may be in (Source: TBI)
NASHVILLE, TN (WMC) -

A $12,500 reward is being offered for the safe return of a missing 9-year-old girl.

Thursday, TBI issued an Amber Alert for 9-year-old Carlie Trent. She is  4'8'' and about 75 pounds. She has long blond hair and blue eyes. She is from East Tennessee. 

TBI said Friday they were searching for Carlie rural and isolated areas in middle and eastern Tennessee.

Investigators said her uncle, Gary Simpson, took her out of school under false pretenses Wednesday. TBI said Carlie lived with Simpson until he recently lost custodial rights to Carlie's biological father.

The U.S. Marshal's Service is offering a $2,500 reward for information loading to the 9-year-old and the capture of Gary Simpson. 

Carlie's pediatrician had told TBI he is offering $10,000 for the save recovery of the child.

Simpson is 57 years old. He stands 5'10'' and weighs 157 pounds. He is balding with brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen driving a white 2002 Dodge conversion van with Tennessee tag number 173GPS.

TBI said they are still in the preliminary stages of the investigation, but they believe Simpson may have taken Carlie to a rural or isolated area. They believe that because they have not received many tips, which is unusual after issuing an Amber Alert. They also believe Simpson might have taken Carlie to a rural area because he purchased camping gear at Walmart shortly after taking her from school.

Below you'll see surveillance video of Simpson shopping at a Walmart in Rogersville, Tennessee. Investigators said this video was shot just after Simpson took Carlie from school.

TBI spokesman Josh DeVine said Simpson does not have a criminal record, and he is not aware of Simpson having purchased a weapon.

"We're still in the preliminary stages of trying to understand his motives," DeVine said. "The longer this goes on, the more concerned we become."

Below is a picture of Carlie Trent:

Below is a picture of Gary Simpson:

Below is the type of van they are thought to be driving:

An additional surveillance video was released of the two at a grocery store.

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