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Tip leads deputies to Shelby Forest in search of missing 9-year-old

Carlie Trent (Source: TBI) Carlie Trent (Source: TBI)
(Source: YouTube) (Source: YouTube)
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) -

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation received a tip that the missing 9-year-old from East Tennessee may be in Shelby County.

The tip, like 1,200 others TBI has received in less than a week, turned out to be false. The entire country is searching for Carlie Trent and her uncle, Gary Simpson, who investigators said abducted her from school last week.

TBI said someone saw a white van without a license plate in Shelby Forest. TBI said it had no reason to believe the van was the one Simpson was last seen driving, but TBI asked Shelby County Sheriff's Office to check it out just in case.

SCSO went to Shelby Forest and found nothing. 

"We have NOT found the van or anything leading us to believe they are in Shelby County," an SCSO spokesman said in an email to Memphis media outlets.

Investigators have reviewed more than 1,200 tips across 19 states in the search for missing 9-year-old Carlie Trent.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said Trent's uncle, Gary Simpson, abducted Trent from school in Rogersville, Tennessee.

TBI said it has evidence that Trent is in imminent danger of serious bodily harm or death.

Despite the more than 1,200 tips received, TBI said there have been no positive sightings of Trent, Simpson, or the van Simpson drives. Though their whereabouts are currently unknown, the lack of sightings and evidence of recent purchases suggest they may be out of public view and in an isolated area, such as a campground or park.

There is currently a $15,000 reward for information that helps find Trent or Simpson. Call 1-800-TBI-FIND if you have any information that can help.

Anyone interested in contributing to the reward fund can call (423) 923-9100.

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