Men who helped find Carlie Trent will be offered reward raised by community

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ROGERSVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN/WATE) – Four men who helped find missing 9-year-old Carlie Trent will be offered a $35,000 cash reward raised by the community.

Stuart Franklin, Donnie Lawson, Roger Carpenter, and Larry “Hambone” Hamblen were all searching for her after she was taken from school her uncle on May 4.

Eight days later, Lawson and Franklin found Carlie and her uncle Gary Simpson while searching a large area of property that belonged to Lawson’s brother in the Clinch Valley area.

“I don’t want to be a hero. I just want to give the Lord praise for everything,” said Franklin.PHOTOS: AMBER Alert for Carlie Trent

Carpenter and Hamblen were also searching the property at the time Carlie and Simpson were found.

“I’m not anybody’s hero by any means. I’m a sinner saved by grace,” said Carpenter.

The men said they are working together on what to do with the reward money and plan on sharing those details with the public in the near future.

“They’re very humble gentlemen,” Carlie’s pediatrician Dr. Chris Calendine said. “This is well-deserved. I don’t have a hesitation. I know nobody has a hesitation, no one. No matter what they do with it, don’t do with it, I’m excited she’s home.”

Dr. Caledine, who helped coordinate the reward effort, said said he is thrilled Carlie was found safe and sound.

“I hope they’re very proud of what they’ve done,” he said. “A lot of people here in the community gave everything they had whether it was time, gas or money.”

In addition to donations from the community, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and U.S. Marshals also offered rewards for Carlie’s safe return. It’s unclear at this time who will receive that money.

Since his arrest on May 12, Gary Simpson remains jailed on a $1 million bond. He is charged with especially aggravated kidnapping and custodial interference.

He’s scheduled to appear in court Monday for a preliminary hearing.Click here for complete coverage about Carlie Trent.

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