Before Kidnapping Carlie Trent, Gary Simpson Bought Lipstick, Nail Polish, Bikini

May 10, 2016 12:11 pm Last Updated: May 10, 2016 2:04 pm

Gary Simpson shopped at a Walmart store last week, right before he kidnapped his 9-year-old niece Carlie Trent from her Rogersville, Tenn., school.

Simpson bought black pants and a green shirt for himself and several items for the girl, including:

  • Blue and orange striped blanket
  • Khaki pants
  • Pack of underwear
  • Two shades of nail polish (purple and sparkling green)
  • Two shades of lipstick (purple and green)
  • Pink child camp chair
  • Purple child night gown with stars
  • Black and pink and white bikini swimsuit
Some of the items Gary Simpson purchased at a Walmart store on May 4, right before he kidnapped his 9-year-old niece Carlie Trent from her Rogersville, Tenn., school. (Tennessee Bureau of Investigation)
Some of the items Gary Simpson purchased at a Walmart store on May 4, right before he kidnapped his 9-year-old niece Carlie Trent from her Rogersville, Tenn., school. (Tennessee Bureau of Investigation)

The items suggested Simpson “intended to essentially go out of sight,” said Josh DeVine, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) public information officer, during a news conference broadcasted live by ABC on May 10 at 11:15 a.m.

“We believe this child to be in imminent danger,” DeVine said.

Authorities have issued an amber alert while dozens of local and federal officers search for the two.

On May 10, TBI released a security camera footage of Simpson checking out a large amount of groceries at a Save-A-Lot store in Rogersville on May 4. Carlie was with him.

DeVine said authorities received over 500 tips, but no credible sightings.

Carlie is 4 foot 8 inches tall, weighs 75 lbs with blonde hair and blue eyes, and was last seen wearing a black and grey tank top and blue jeans.

Simpson is a white male, 5 foot 10 inches tall, weighing 157 lbs. He is balding, has brown hair and eyes, and was last seen wearing a brown cap, a dark colored shirt and jeans.

Many of tips include people saying they saw the van—a white 2002 Dodge Conversion—that Simpson drove during the kidnapping.

Kidnapping suspect Gary Simpson's 2002 Dodge Conversion Van with Tennessee registration plates 173-GPS. (Tennessee Bureau of Investigation)
Kidnapping suspect Gary Simpson’s 2002 Dodge Conversion Van with Tennessee registration plates 173-GPS. (Tennessee Bureau of Investigation)

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Kidnapping suspect Gary Simpson’s 2002 Dodge Conversion Van with Tennessee registration plates 173-GPS. (Tennessee Bureau of Investigation)

DeVine said people need to call 911 immediately if they see the van. It has the registration plates 173-GPS.