HAWKINS COUNTY, Tenn. – A missing 9-year-old girl has been found safe and her uncle is now in custody, agents confirmed on Thursday.
Police issued an Amber Alert for 9-year-old Carlie Trent on last week after authorities say 57-year-old Gary Simpson signed her out of school under false pretenses.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation announced on Wednesday that they believed Trent was in “imminent danger” while in Simpson’s care, especially since all signs indicated that he planned to take her away to a secluded area.
Fortunately, officials confirmed on Thursday that Trent had been found safe and that Simpson was taken into custody.
It's confirmed! Carlie Trent is safe! Gary Simpson is in custody.
— Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (@TBInvestigation) May 12, 2016
Officials say the pair was found on Hwy 70 North at Gravely Valley Rd. in Surgoinsville after receiving a tip.