HAWKINS COUNTY, TN (WJHL) – When news broke throughout Rogersville Thursday that 9-year-old Carlie Trent, the subject of a more than a week long AMBER Alert, was found in a remote area of Hawkins County, local law enforcement and the community searching for her finally had the answer they had been hoping and praying for.
Carlie’s aunt, Linda Simpson, married to suspect Gary Simpson for more than 30 years, was among those elated to hear that her niece was finally coming home.
Well, it started out terrible, because I was worried sick, but it ended great,” Linda Simpson said.
She said she first heard about Carlie being found from her brother, Carlie’s father.
All I could think was thank God. Thank God, hallelujah, thank God.I was so happy,” Linda Simpson said.
She said throughout the search for Carlie and Gary, she didn’t know what to think about her husband, or the kind of care her niece was receiving from her husband.
I never thought he would do this to begin with, so I didn’t know what state of mind he was in, why he did it,” Linda Simpson said. “So, I had no idea what he might do.”
She said what she wants to know most from her husband is why he took Carlie.
I mean, why?” Linda Simpson said. “I just want him to tell me why, what he was thinking.”
She said she wasn’t sure when she would get to see Carlie, but hoped to meet up with her soon.
As for the community and law enforcement who came together to search and bring Carlie home, Linda Simpson wants to tell everyone thank you.
“Thank you. Thank you for everything you’ve done, for every prayer, for every person that’s looked, ” she said. “We could never ever get done thanking you enough. Thanks, to our community for supporting us and loving her enough to do all of this.”Copyright 2016 WJHL. All rights reserved.