Carlie Trent found, uncle arrested

Carlie Trent, the 9-year-old Tennessee girl who was allegedly kidnapped by her uncle last week, has been found, police said Thursday.

The uncle, 57-year-old Gary Simpson, is in police custody according to Josh Devine, a spokesman for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

The two were found in a remote area of Hawkins County Thursday close to Highway 70 near the Hancock County border.

Cops had been looking for the pair since May 4, when Simpson, an uncle by marriage, picked the girl up from an elementary school in Rogersville.

Simpson previously had custody of Carlie and her younger sister, but they had since been returned to the biological father, James Trent.

Local residents spotted them and called 911 and held them.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director Mark Gwyn said during a news conference that TBI would be working closely with District Attorney Dan Armstrong to prosecute Simpson to the fullest extent of the law.


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