TN AMBER ALERT: Rumors about suspect protecting girl

Carlie Trent, Gary Simpson
Carlie Trent, Gary Simpson

ROGERSVILLE, TN (WATE) Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is asking the public Wednesday to trust them that Carlie Trent is in danger.

TBI spokeperson Josh DeVine said Wednesday morning he has heard some disturbing rumors on social media that Simpson was trying to protect Carlie Trent.

He said he has seen tweets that asked “If Simpson didn’t harm Carlie when he had custody, why would he do it now,” or that he was trying to “protect her” from something.

“If we have not been abundantly clear about this since the get-go, let me take the opportunity to say this as clearly as I possibly can. This was not an innocent camping trip, this was a crime,” said DeVine. “We realize Gary Simpson is Carlie Trent’s uncle by marriage, but we have specific, we have credible information that Carlie Trent is in imminent danger of serious bodily harm or death. That is why we issued an Amber Alert.”

DeVine said that is the reason Amber Alerts are issued very judiciously.

He said they are reserved for the most serious of cases and this is one of them.

“We need the public to be on the lookout, we need the public to trust us. When we say this child is in danger, we’re not joking around. It is too serious. This is a 9-year-old girl on the line and you had better believe we’re doing anything and everything to bring this girl home.”

Greenville County dispatch says they have received a high volume of calls regarding sightings of Carlie Trent and Gary Simpson but none of the sightings have turned up any leads.

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