‘It just seemed funny,’ Rogersville cashier recounts last confirmed Amber Alert sighting


ROGERSVILLE (WATE) – Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released new video Tuesday, hoping that someone from the public will recognize a missing 9-year-old from Rogersville and her uncle, who has been charged with kidnapping.

The surveillance video shows Gary Simpson and Carlie Trent at the Rogersville Save-A-Lot check-out. Simpson stopped at the store just after picking Trent up from school.

Deborah Clamon was the cashier at the time. She said nothing seemed out of ordinary except for the groceries Simpson was buying.

“They had a bunch of peanut butter, cases of Vienna sausage, crackers, cake, cookies, stuff like that,” said Clamon. “I thought they’re not buying food. It just seemed funny all the peanut butter and stuff.”

The pair was in the store for about 14 minutes, paying with a food stamp card that TBI was able to track. Store owners were able to get the surveillance video to investigators.More:The latest on the search for Carlie Trent and Gary Simpson

“The little girl, she was just standing there next to him. She’s not smiling. She’s not talking or anything. I might have asked him ‘How’s your day? Are you having a good day?’ like cashiers do and he said ‘yes,’ and they just paid and went out,” said Clamon.

Looking back, Clamon said she wishes she knew what was going on and could have tried to stop Simpson. When she heard about the Amber Alert, she said she immediately remembered the pair.Related:Mother of missing Rogersville girl in Amber Alert pleads for daughter’s return

“First thing that went through my mind was, ‘Why didn’t I know? I could have grabbed her,” said Clamon. “I hope that law enforcement is doing everything they can do which I know they are and if anybody has any information at all about this child, for God’s sake, please somebody help.”

TBI released the video from Save-A-Lot hoping that someone will recognize the way Gary Simpson or Carlie Trent walks. They said each person has their own gait when they walk. They’re hoping the additional video will help others recognize the two.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Rogersville Police Department at (423) 272-7555 or 1-800-TBI-FIND. TBI said if anyone spots the van should call 911 directly.


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