TBI releases latest info on active Amber Alert - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

TBI releases latest info on active Amber Alert

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)
(SOURCE: TBI) (SOURCE: TBI)
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KNOXVILLE, TN (WMC) -

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation continues to search for a missing 9-year-old girl who was taken from school in East Tennessee.

Carlie Trent, 9, is the girl at the center of this Amber Alert, active for Middle Tennessee and East Tennessee.

"We don't have specific information that she's in that area, but we don't have specific information that she's not," TBI spokesman Josh DeVine said.

DeVine said that TBI has no plans to expand the Amber Alert outside of Middle and East Tennessee, but they are reaching out to national parks and private campgrounds throughout Tennessee and surrounding states to help in their search.

Investigators believe her uncle, Gary Simpson, abducted her from school without permission. They said he previously had custody of her, but a court recently revoked his custodial status. Her biological father currently has custody of Carlie, but the decision was so recent that her school had not been notified.

"He picked her up Wednesday and said she wouldn't be in school Thursday," DeVine said. "But she didn't show up for school Friday and she didn't show up for school today."

DeVine said there have been no credible sightings of Carlie, Simpson, or the van they are believed to be traveling in since Thursday.

Simpson was seen on Walmart surveillance video buying camping gear shortly before Carlie was taken from school.

More than $15,000 in reward money is being offered for any information that helps bring Carlie home or helps investigators locate Simpson.

The United States Marshal's Service has increased its initial reward of $2,500 for information leading to the arrest of Gary Simpson and the recovery of Carlie Trent to $5,000. Additionally, Dr. Chris Calendine, Carlie's pediatrician, told the TBI he will offer $10,000 in reward money for information leading to her safe recovery. The combined reward pushes the total to $15,000.

"We don't want Gary Simpson to escape and we don't want Carlie Trent to suffer," DeVine said.

Simpson has no criminal history or outstanding warrants.

DeVine said TBI is doing everything in its power to make sure Carlie gets home safe. "We're still holding out all hope."

If you see the van they're believed to be in with the license plate 173GPS, DeVine asks that you call 911 immediately so first responders can find the vehicle in question.

If you believe you know where Carlie or Simpson may be, call Rogersville Police Department at (423) 272-7555 or TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.

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