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She’s Safe: 9-year-old Carlie Trent found by two Hawkins County residents

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The search for missing 9-year-old Carlie Trent has come to end.

On Thursday, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation revealed the little girl was finally found by two Hawkins County residents, Donnie Lawson and Stewart Franklin, who decided to search their property just in case Carlie and her uncle, Gary Simpson, were there.

They were.

As Lawson called police, Franklin held Simpson at gunpoint, the TBI said.

That property is located on Highway 70 North at Gravely Valley Road in Surgoinsville.

When asked how Carlie was doing, investigators said she appeared fine.

However, as a precaution, they have sent her to a nearby hospital for a medical evaluation.

They said at this point, it's unclear when they will be able to speak with her about the week she was with her uncle.

Authorities thanked the public, saying everyone who kept their eyes open and sent in tips made a big difference.

"The public is who rescued Carlie, and without keeping them involved and without their assistance I wouldn't be standing here now."

In all more than 1850 leads were called in across the state in the seven days Carlie was missing.

That number doesn't include the tips received in the other 22 states also on the alert.

The news of Carlie's safe return comes just hours after Simpson was added to the TBI Top 10 Most Wanted list.

A reward of $40,000 was also being offered for information leading to her return.

It's unclear at this time if the two men who located the pair will split the reward.

Before taking her from school, Simpson was captured on surveillance video making purchases at a local Walmart store.

Among the items purchased: a blanket, chair, underwear, night gowns, a bathing suit, nail polish and other clothes.

Soon after Simpson left with Carlie, the two were spotted on surveillance footage at a Save-A-Lot in Rogersville.

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