Amber Alert canceled in MO for missing 9-year-old Tennessee girl who was signed out of school by uncle

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ROGERSVILLE, Tenn. -- An Amber Alert originally issued for Carlie Trent in Tennessee on Thursday was extended into Missouri on Tuesday. On Wednesday the alert was canceled in Missouri, but remains in effect in Tennessee as Carlie is still missing, and suspect Gary Simpson still sought.

Investigators say Carlie, 9, and Simpson, 57, may have been spotted in Otterville, Mo., on Monday. Otterville is just east of Sedalia, and about 110 miles from Kansas City.

On Tuesday afternoon the Cooper County Sheriff's Office said a van spotted in the county was not the van sought for this Amber Alert. Then the sheriff's office released a photo of two people in a canoe on the Lamine River. Authorities were trying to identify them, and said late on Tuesday night that the pair was not Trent and Simpson, and the search continues.

Authorities are searching for the 9-year-old girl who taken from school by an uncle with no custodial rights, according to a news release from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Investigators know Simpson bought clothing and camping items, so it's possible they're in the woods or at a campground, DeVine said.

"There's every indication that he intended to go out of sight," DeVine said. "We believe this girl is in imminent danger."

On Tuesday, DeVine described items Simpson bought at a Walmart before the incident The list included things apparently for Carlie, such as child-sized khaki pants, a nightgown, a bikini, underwear, lipstick, nail polish and a child-sized camp chair.

Simpson also bought a T-shirt and black pants for himself, DeVine said.

Tips not panning out

Carlie is a white female, 4-feet 8-inches tall, weighs 75 pounds and has blonde hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a black and gray tank top and blue jeans.

Simpson is a white male, 5-feet 10 inches tall and weighing 157 pounds. He is balding and has brown hair and eyes.

He was last seen wearing a brown cap, a dark-colored shirt and jeans and driving a white 2002 Dodge conversion van with Tennessee registration 173GPS. The van has a dark stripe down the middle with light gold running boards and paint chipping off of the hood.

Authorities are searching for a 9-year-old girl taken from school by an uncle with no custodial rights, according to a news release from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Authorities are searching for a 9-year-old girl taken from school by an uncle with no custodial rights, according to a news release from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

There have been no confirmed sightings of Simpson, Trent or the van, according to Josh DeVine, a spokesman for the TBI.

Authorities have received over 500 tips so far, none of which have panned out, DeVine said.

But authorities believe they just need one to bust open the case.

"We really believe in the power of one tip to completely turn this entire story around," he said.

Message to Simpson

DeVine also issued a plea to Simpson on behalf of authorities and Trent's family.

"You're family is eager to hear from you, and your family is eager and anxious to have Carlie home. We would encourage you, Gary, to do the right thing and bring Carlie home," DeVine said. "There is nothing that you've done that can't be fixed."

The U.S. Marshals have increased their reward to $5,000 for information leading to Trent's safe recovery and Simpson's arrest.

Trent's pediatrician has also offered $10,000 reward.

Authorities say anybody with information should contact the Rogersville Police Department at 423-272-7555 or TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.

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