CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – A $10,000 reward is now being offered for the whereabouts of 9-year-old Carlie Marie Trent. Saturday, Trent’s pediatrician, Dr. Chris Calendine, told the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation he will offer the reward for information leading to the safe recovery of the child.
Friday, the United States Marshal’s Service indicated they were offering $2,500 in reward money for information leading to Trent and the capture of Gary Simpson.
Simpson is Trent’s uncle by marriage, and has no custodial rights. Wednesday afternoon, May 4th, Simpson removed his niece from school under false pretenses. A Middle and East Tennessee AMBER Alert was shortly issued by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) on behalf of the Rogersville Police Department.
Trent is 4’8″ tall, weighing 75lbs, with blonde hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a black and grey tank top and blue jeans. Simpson is a 57-year-old white male, 5’10” tall, weighing 157 lbs. He is balding and has brown hair and eyes. He was last seen wearing a brown cap, a dark colored shirt and jeans. He was last seen driving a white 2002 Dodge Conversion Van with TN registration 173-GPS. The van has a dark stripe down the middle with light gold running boards and paint is chipping off of the hood.
Warrants have been issued for Simpson for Kidnapping.
Dr. Calendine previously planned to use the money to save for a boat, but indicated he would rather see the money used to further the effort to bring Trent home.
The TBI will continue any and all efforts to locate these individuals as quickly as possible. If anyone has information that may prove helpful, they may contact the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.