The town of Rogersville breathed a sigh of relief Thursday night after news broke that Carlie Trent, a local 9-year-old taken by her non-custodial uncle, had been found safe.
One of the last people to see Carlie before she was kidnapped was Deborah Clamon, a clerk at a Save-a-Lot, who rang up Simpson and Trent’s groceries before they disappeared. She said she was heartbroken at first, but now the good news has been contagious.
“I’ve had people come through today and said that the first thing that came to their mind was ‘our prayers were answered,’” she said. “You can see it in everybody’s eyes, in their faces, in their smiles, the way they are talking, you know they just don’t know how to express it completely.”
Others in Rogersville took a moment Friday to change out signs that said “Pray for Carlie” to signs that said something to the effect of “Praise God, Carlie is home.”
Carlie's good friend Grace Gordon said Friday that she had worried she would never see Carlie again, but was thankful she made it home.
"She didn't get up when they said she'd be leaving. She stuttered a little bit and didn't get up for a while, said Grace of Carlie’s last day in school. “It felt a little uneven to me.”
She said she is just excited to see Carlie again.
"It's going to be better because it's not good without her," said Grace.
The community will come together Saturday at noon at the Rogersville City Park to celebrate Trent’s safe return. She is not expected to be there.