Rogersville family still healing after 2015 AMBER Alert


ROGERSVILLE, TN (WJHL) – Another day without 9-year-old Carlie Trent meant another day of searching on the ground.

Since Trent was taken from her school by her non-custodial uncle, Gary Simpson, last Wednesdsay, TBI and local law enforcement have been actively searching for the pair, hoping to bring the Rogersville girl home safe.

Many volunteers from around the region have stepped in to help in the search for Trent and Simpson, including one man Wednesday night who brought his drone along during a search.

But just miles away from where these volunteers gather every night, sits a father who is reliving his own nightmare.

“I just know how this family feels, ” Eddie Wilson said. “You just don’t know what it does to you. I know what they are going through.”

Just last summer, Wilson’s daughter, Hayleigh Wilson, was at the center of an AMBER Alert search, which went on for weeks until she was found safe in Southwest Virginia.

Her abductor, Benjamin Shook, was also found and taken to jail.

Wilson said even nearly a year later, his family is still healing.

“It’s something I guess you will never get over, you know,” Wilson said. “I mean, eventually, I hope so, but it’s an every day going on process.”Copyright 2016 WJHL. All rights reserved.

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