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Local authorities aiding in search for Carlie Trent

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One week after police say 9 year-old Carlie Trent was kidnapped by her non-custodial uncle, the TBI said they have no credible leads to Carlie's location which means she could be anywhere.

The TBI said they have specific, credible information that leads them to believe Carlie "is in imminent danger of serious bodily harm or death."

Everyone should be on the lookout for a white van with the letters "GPS" in the license plate tag.

"I think we all feel helpless because this is a child at risk all of us, we live here, we work here, we have families," said Kim Kinsey at the Hamilton County 911 Dispatch Center.

Seven days after Carlie's Amber Alert activated, the TBI is sorting through more than 1,200 tips from 19 different states.

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Dispatchers at the Hamilton County 911 center are fielding local calls of possible sightings.

"We would send patrol officers, possibly even Park Rangers who are on our radio channels to check that out individually," Kinsey said.

Dispatchers all have the most updated information from the TBI at their desk.

That same information can be printed off the TBI website.

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It includes pictures of Carlie, the suspect, the getaway car, and even clothing they could be wearing.

"You can click on a printable poster, carry it in your car if you'd like," Kinsey said.

For immediate sightings: Call 911.
For non-emergency information: Call 1-800-TBI-FIND.
"If you have any, any doubt at all, please don't hesitate to call," Kinsey said.

Corporal Stephen Short responded to a few possible sightings of the white van this weekend while on patrol.

"In a 12-hour period I can recall specifically four instances where our team on the east side of the river were sent out to check out the Amber Alert," Cpl Short said.

The calls turned out to be nothing, but Cpl Short said he's glad he went to make sure.

"We don't mind checking out a possibility that might lead to finding this little girl or keeping a child safe," Cpl Short said, "We'll keep coming as many times as it takes."

One week since Carlie's disappearance and authorities said they have no credible leads, Carlie Trent could be anywhere.
To help the TBI, and Carlie's family, be on the lookout everywhere you go.

"It's personal to everyone, and I'm sure that I speak for the entire community when I say that we hope we bring Carlie home," Kinsey said.

A $15,000 reward is being offered for information leading to Carlie's safe recovery.
The TBI said there have been no sightings reported on an interstate and they have reason to believe the suspect may be hiding Carlie in a more rural area.
So even on the roads with less traffic, be on the lookout and call 911 if you see anything.

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