Nine-year-old Carlie Trent is still missing eight days after her uncle, Gary Simpson, took her out of school on May 4, 2016 under false pretenses.
According to earlier reports, Simpson, who was on the list of approved people allowed to pull Carlie out of school, told the office that Carlie's father, James Trent, was in a car accident and that she might not be in school the next day either.
That's about all her family and the authorities know regarding Carlie's whereabout at this point.
However, surveillance footage found from the day Carlie was kidnapped by Simpson gives law enforcement reason to believe he took her to a remote camp site or into the woods.
According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI), Simpson was seen buying groceries at Walmart before picking Carlie up from school, and later at a Save-A-Lot with Carlie before the both of them disappeared.
As TBI reports, Simpson purchased:
- Clothing for both Carlie and himself
- Girl's pajamas
- Nail polish
- A child's camping chair
- A bikini
- A package of girl's underwear
Authorities are asking people to check their properties and places they could essentially disappear into — such as sheds or barns — for any signs of them. They believe Carlie is in “imminent danger.”
James Trent tells Local 8 News that Simpson was obsessed with his daughter.
“He had access to her every day, he was obsessed with her, he wanted her, and he wanted her all to himself,” James says. “That's a scary thing to think about.”
And because of that unlimited access, Josh DeVine of TBI tells PEOPLE they have reason to believe Carlie trusts her uncle to some extent. But as the days go on, their concerns for Carlie's well-being grows and her father's ability to stay strong is slowly fading away.
It's believed the two are traveling in Simpson's white 2002 Dodge conversion van with a dark stripe down the middle, light gold running boards, and chipped hood paint. Gary may be wearing a black cap with a green t-shirt and black pants.
Anyone with information regarding Carlie's or Simpson's whereabouts is asked to contact the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation at 1-800-TBI-FIND or the Rogersville Police Department at (423) 272-7555.