Second prayer vigil scheduled as authorities continue to search for 9-year-old Rogersville girl

ROGERSVILLE, TN (WJHL)- Saturday evening the Rogersville and Hawkins County communities will gather for a second time to pray for the safe return of 9-year-old Carlie Trent.

Both Trent, and her uncle are the subjects of a statewide AMBER Alert.


According to TBI PIO Josh DeVine, Trent was reportedly picked up from her school by her uncle Gary Simpson Wednesday afternoon.

DeVine said while TBI is continuing to pursue tips coming in about the possible whereabouts of Trent and Simpson, no credible tips have been received at this point.

Just before noon Friday, TBI officials released video of Simpson at a Walmart in Rogersville, where DeVine said he reportedly purchased items that could be used for camping. The full list of items Simpson bought at Walmart has not yet been released.

DeVine said TBI has reached out to campgrounds, as well as state parks, in the area, asking those in charge to keep an eye out for Simpson and Trent. He said TBI does have reason to believe that Simpson and Trent are in an isolated area.

Saturday morning we spoke with Carlie’s mother, Shannon Trent, over the phone.


Trent said they were encouraging people to wear purple to the prayer vigil on Saturday night because that is Carlie’s favorite color.

That vigil is scheduled for 8:30pm at City Park in Rogersville.

Trent also said on Monday Hawkins Elementary School staff, and students will wear purple in Carlie’s honor.

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