Authorities issued a statewide Amber Alert last week for two children missing since their Bedford County home was destroyed by an intense fire last week. The TBI sent out the alert after investigators spent 5 days trying to determine if there were any remains of the children in the fire debris. TBI said fire experts had come up empty. The children are identified as 9-year old Chloie Leverette and 7-year old Gage Daniel. TBI said the children were living with their grandparents. Two bodies tentatively identified as 72-year-old Leon “Bubba” McClaran and his wife, 70-year-old Molli McClaran, were recovered Monday and have been sent to the Nashville medical examiner’s office for autopsy. She was the children’s maternal grandmother, he their step-grandfather. TBI spokesperson Kristen Helm said the TBI does not have any direct evidence that the children are victims of foul play. She said there are no persons of interest in the case and that investigators are following all leads, but would not elaborate.
The Endangered Child Alert continues; Chloie is described as a white female, approximately 4’8″ and 75 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes. Gage is described as a white male, approximately 4′ and 75 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes.
If you have any information concerning the current whereabouts of Chloie and Gage, please contact the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.