US Marshals set up command post for TN Amber Alert search

Carlie Trent, Gary Simpson
Carlie Trent, Gary Simpson

Last seen driving a white 2002 Dodge Conversion van
Tennessee License Plate 173-GPS
Van has dark stripe down the middle with light gold running boards and paint chipping off the hood
Anyone who sees the van should call 9-1-1

ROGERSVILLE (WATE) – It has been almost a week since an Amber Alert was issued for Carlie Trent.

The 9-year-old was removed from school Wednesday by her uncle by marriage, Gary Simpson, 57, under false pretenses, according to Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI). Police say Gary Simpson told school officials Trent’s father was in a car accident and she may not be in school on Thursday as well. They said Gary Simpson has no custodial rights to Carlie Trent and their whereabouts are unknown.

Josh DeVine, a spokesperson with TBI, said U.S. Marshalls are set up in Rogersville. He said TBI is setting up a command post Monday. Tennessee Highway Patrol is also doing air searches on an as needed basis.

While DeVine said TBI still has no specific information on where Gary Simpson and Carlie Trent could be, he said they set up in Rogersville because it is the epicenter of the search.

TBI said they not received any credible sighting of Carlie Trent, Gary Simpson or their van. What’s more, they have only received 150 tips on the Amber Alert since it was issued Thursday, which DeVine said is low for a typical Amber Alert. For that reason, they believe Gary Simpson may be in a remote area.

Gary Simpson is believed to be driving a white 2002 Dodge Conversion van with Tennessee License Plates: 173GPS. It has a dark stripe down the middle with light gold running boards and paint is chipping off of the hood, similar to this one. (TBI)
Gary Simpson is believed to be driving a white 2002 Dodge Conversion van with Tennessee License Plates: 173GPS. It has a dark stripe down the middle with light gold running boards and paint is chipping off of the hood, similar to this one. (TBI)

The last known sighting of Carlie Trent and Gary Simpson was at a Rogersville Save-A-Lot on Wednesday, shortly after Gary Simpson picked-up Carlie Trent at school. TBI released the video on Saturday with the hope that someone will recognize the two.

“The reason we released that video from the Save-A-Lot is you can tell a lot by the way someone walks, so maybe they’re not in their vehicle anymore, maybe they are walking down the side of the road,” said DeVine. “We’re hoping that someone recognizes their gait and say I’ve seen someone walk that way. You can tell a lot by the way someone moves and by the way someone walks and we’re hoping that will be an additional piece of information that will help the public recognize them.

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