Investigators have ended, at least for now, the active search for two missing Bedford County kids thought to have died a house fire last month.
As first reported in the Shelbyville Times Gazette, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives spent last week closely inspecting the charred remains of the Kingdom Road home for any signs nine-year-old Chloie Leverette and her seven-year-old brother, Gage Daniel.
Sheriff Randall Boyce told the paper ATF agents left Friday and no additional searches or inspections were planned.
"We're still checking out leads," he said, "but none by any agency have proved fruitful."
Chloie and Gage lived with their grandparents. The family's home in Unionville caught fire on September 23. The remains of Leon and Mollie McClaran were found the following day.
An Amber Alert was issued for the children less than a week later after agents found no traces of their bodies in the remains of the home or in nearby fields.
Some family members like Joy Frame, the children's aunt, now believe the children weren't in the home.
"Everyone has tried so hard to find those kids, but they're not there," she told Nashville's News 2 earlier this week. "I know in my heart they're not there."
Frame said she believes someone deliberately set her parents' home on fire and left with the children.
The Amber Alert remains active.
Anyone with information on Chloie or Gage's whereabouts is urged to contact the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND or the Bedford County Sheriff's Department at 931-684-3232.