Family of 2015 Knoxville Amber Alert victim gives advice to Carlie Trent’s family


KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The Amber Alert involving Rogersville 9-year-old Carlie Trent has captured the attention of everyone in the community. Trent was removed from school last Wednesday by her uncle by marriage, Gary Simpson, 57, under false pretenses, according to Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI). Police say Gary Simpson told school officials Trent’s father was in a car accident and she may not be in school on Thursday as well.

They said Gary Simpson has no custodial rights to Carlie Trent and their whereabouts are unknown. TBI believes Simpson could still be driving a white Dodge Conversion van with license plate 173-GPS. If you see it, call 911 immediately.Related story: Tennessee Amber Alert extended to Missouri after possible sighting

It’s only been a few months since there there was another Amber Alert with a missing little girl. Brooklynne Enix, 2, was taken by her father and her mother was found murdered. They became the center of a multi-state Amber Alert but were found safe in Ohio, just a few days after she went missing.

Chris Morrison and his two daughters know what it’s like waiting for hours.

“It’s going to impact your family forever,” he said.

Morrison’s two daughters are half sisters of Brooklynne Enix.Previous story:Trial date set for Knoxville man accused of murdering ex-wife, kidnapping daughter

“A thousand scenarios go through your head about what’s going to happen to your loved one so that’s what makes it really scary,” said Morrison.

In every waking moment Morrison and his family never knew how things would turn out.

“They didn’t sleep when their sister was on that Amber Alert. It’s just so unpredictable and you don’t want to put the worst scenario in your head, you don’t want to think about,” he said.

Morrison says it’s all you ever think about. Brooklynne was found in Ohio with her biological father Tyler Enix. He’s now accused of killing Brooklynne’s mother in her Fountain City home before skipping town with their daughter.

Morrison hopes for a happy outcome for the Trent family as well.

“You know it turned out good for us but hopefully it will for this family as well,” said Morrison.

Until then he has advice for the Trents.

“To keep your sanity, you do have to rely on your faith and positive thoughts. The support you have around you, that helps a lot,” he said.

He admits it’s easier said than done. Tyler Enix is set to go to trial on August 8. He is currently being held in the Knox County jail on $1 million dollar bond.

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