Note: This story was updated at 10:52 a.m.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has issued an Amber Alert in East Tennessee and Middle Tennessee for 9-year-old Carlie Trent. The Amber Alert was issued on behalf of the Rogersville Police Department.
The TBI initially issued an Endangered Child Alert but has since upgraded the alert to help find the missing child.
Carlie was removed from school Wednesday by her uncle by marriage, Gary Simpson, under false pretenses, the TBI said. He has no custodial rights to Carlie, authorities said. Warrants have been issued for Simpson for kidnapping, the TBI said.
Authorities don’t know the current location of Simpson and Carlie Trent.
Carlie is 4’8″ and she weighs 75 pounds. She has blonde hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a black and gray tank top shirt with blue jeans.
Simpson is a 57-year-old white male who is 5’10” and weighs 157 pounds, according to the TBI. He is balding and has brown hair and eyes. He was last seen wearing a brown cap, a dark-colored shirt, and jeans.
Simpson was last seen driving a white 2002 Dodge conversion van with Tennessee registration 173GPS, the TBI said. The van has a dark stripe down the middle with light gold running boards, and paint is chipping off of the hood.
The TBI is asking residents to help spread the word.
If you have seen the child, subject, or vehicle, please call the Rogersville Police Department at (423) 272-7555 or TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.
Rogersville is on US 11W northeast of Morristown, between Bean Station and Kingsport. US 11W runs parallel to Interstate 81 between Morristown and the Kingsport-Johnson City area.
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See more information here, including a generic photo of a 2002 Dodge conversion van: USTN_TrentCarlie_Rogersville-1.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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