After 6 years, cold case search for missing Bedford Co. kids continues

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This Sunday marked the anniversary of a house fire that began a mystery for one Middle Tennessee family. 

In 2012, Chloie Leverette and Gage Daniel were in their grandparents’ custody, at their Bedford County home. On September 23 that same year – the home caught fire. 

In what was left of the charred house investigators found remains of the grandparents – Leon “Bubba” and Mollie McClaran. The remains of the children were never found and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation then issued an Amber Alert for Chloie and Gage

“They did find my mom, they found my dad, they found a cockatoo bird and a poodle. I feel like if they was going to find those bones, they would’ve found something of one of my children, but nothing ever showed up,” said Cheryl Daniel, the mother of the children. 

Some believe the children’s remains were turned to ashes in the fire, but back in 2016 investigators told News 2’s Jessica Jaglois – that there was no way that could be true. 

“We were not able to find any remains in the house fire that belonged to the children, so now we wonder, where are these children?” said Dr. Mike Tabor, Chief Odontologist for the state Medical Examiner’s Office. 

On Sunday, News 2’s CB Cotton traveled with the family to the cemetery where Bubba and Mollie McClaran are buried. 

The sisters shared memories of their parents, cried and sang a favorite hymnal. The sisters also took CB Cotton to the scene of where their heartbreak began – it was there that some family members shared what they believe happened. 

“I think that somebody came. They [the McClaran’s] let them in, and I think whoever came, they did what they wanted to do with the two [the McClaran’s], and the house burned, and somebody took the children,” said Mary Lamb. 

The family added that they communicate with the TBI, regularly, about the case; saying they will never give up looking for Chloie and Gage. 

“We want Chloie and Gage to know that we love them very much, very very much, they’re always in my heart…always in my mind, and that they’re my soul. I hope whoever has them, is taking good care of them and will please bring them home,” said Daniel 

If you have any information that can help investigators, you’re urged to contact the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.

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