Carlie Trent’s Rescuers Offered $35k in Reward Money

By Andrew Simontacchi
Andrew Simontacchi
Andrew Simontacchi
May 17, 2016 Updated: May 17, 2016

The four men responsible for bringing home Carlie Trent after an 8-day search have been named the recipients of roughly $35,000 in reward money.

Stuart Franklin, Donnie Lawson, Roger Carpenter, and Larry Hamblen will be given a partial amount of the community-raised reward after their effort in locating, and safely returning, 9-year-old Trent.

The AMBER alert issued for Trent, who was taken by her 58-year-old uncle, Gary Simpson, lasted for nearly 8 full days after Simpson took Trent out of school under false pretenses.

Upon being located, Simpson was held at gunpoint by the men while authorities were called.

(Tennesse Bureau of Investigations photo)
(Tennesse Bureau of Investigations photo)

“I don’t want to be a hero, I just want to give the Lord praise for everything,” Stuart Franklin said at a celebration for Trent’s return over the weekend, according to an ABC News 6 interview.

“I’m not anybody’s hero by any means. I’m a sinner saved by grace,” Roger Carpenter added.

Although the men declined formal interviews for what they planned do with the funds, they did say they will release their intentions soon.

In the interview, Dr. Chris Calendine, Carlie’s pediatrician, said: “They’re very humble gentlemen. This is well deserved. I don’t have a hesitation. I know nobody has a hesitation, none. No matter what they do with, don’t do with it. I’m excited she’s home.”

Calendine donated $10,000 to the reward fund just 3 days after learning of her disappearance. 

Trent was back in class at Hawkins Elementary School on Monday—where she feels the most comfortable, according to Local8Now. She told the station: “My favorite subject is science.”

In addition to the $35,000 offered, the U.S. Marshal’s Service and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations pledged $5,000 and $1,000 respectively; it is unclear what will be done with those funds.

Trent’s uncle, Simpson, appeared in court on Monday morning and said he didn’t understand why he was being charged with kidnapping his niece, the Tennessean reported.

Judge Lane Wolfenbarger asked him if he understood the charges, especially aggravated kidnapping and custodial interference, Simpson—clad in an orange jumpsuit—said, “I don’t understand the kidnapping.” Simpson is accused of removing Carlie from school without her parents’ permission.

“I’m charged with something her dad’s girlfriend does occasionally,” said Simpson, according to WJHL-TV.

Andrew Simontacchi
Andrew Simontacchi