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More than 1,200 tips, but none deemed credible; the search continues for Carlie Trent

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has released an update on the search for 9-year-old Carlie Trent. Unfortunately, there is no real update to give.

Investigators say more than 1,200 tips have come in since the Endangered Child Alert, and then AMBER Alert, was issued. TBI Agents and Intelligence Analysts have worked to coordinate and verify those tips, which originated from 19 states: Tennessee, Kentucky, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Louisiana, Florida, Missouri, Idaho, Arkansas, California, Alabama, Washington, Pennsylvania, Mississippi, Montana, and New York.

At this time, however, investigators say there have been no credible sightings of Carlie Trent, her accused abductor Gary Simpson, or the van in which investigators believe the two may be traveling.

On Wednesday afternoon, May 4th,  her uncle by marriage, Gary Simpson, removed Carlie from school under false pretenses. He currently has no custodial rights to Carlie.

Investigators admit they don’t know where the two are, but believe they may be out of the public view and in an isolated area. That may be a campground or park.

The TBI continues to operate the search from its Headquarters in Nashville and a Command Post in Rogersville in an effort to investigate tips, leads, and coordinate the flow of information with local, state, and federal partners.

There is a reward totalling $15,000 for information leading to the arrest of Simpson and the safe recovery of Trent. Anyone interested in contributing to the reward can call (423) 923-9100.

Carlie TrentGary SimpsonCarlie is 4’8″ tall, weighs 75 lbs with blonde hair and blue eyes.  She was last seen wearing a black and grey tank top and blue jeans. Simpson is a 57-year-old white male, 5’10” tall, weighing 157 lbs. He is balding and has brown hair and eyes.  He was last seen wearing a brown cap, a dark colored shirt and jeans. He was last seen driving a white 2002 Dodge Conversion Van with TN registration 173-GPS. The van has a dark stripe down the middle with light gold running boards and paint is chipping off of the hood. Warrants have been issued for Simpson for Kidnapping.

Simpson often wears hats. So the TBI released images of him in a hat:

Carlie was last seen in a black and white striped tank top. But here are some Items Simpson may have purchased for Carlie before the abduction.

If anyone has information that may prove helpful, they may contact the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND. If anyone spots the van and can safely verify the van’s license plate to include 173-GPS, call 911.

Surveillance video of Gary Simpson and Carlie Trent, along with video of Carlie released by the TBI in recent days, is available as several links below:






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