The missing 9-year-old Tennessee girl has been located in Hawkins County, Tenn. and her uncle is in custody, dispatchers confirmed Thursday afternoon.
The two were found on Highway 70 North at Gravely Valley Road in Surgoinsville after receiving a tip. We know they were not found at a campground.
“She appeared to be OK,” TBI Director Mark Gwyn said at a press conference. Gwyn said they were found in a very rural area only accessible by a four-wheel drive vehicle by two Hawkins County citizens, Donnie Lawson and baptist minister Roger Carpenter. The men who found them held Gary Simpson at gunpoint while they contacted authorities.
“I think this is just two heroes who went out onto the property just to see what they could see,” Gwyn said.