An endangered child alert has been issued for the two children who had been presumed dead in a Bedford County fire over the weekend.
The children, 9-year-old Chloie Leverette and 7-year-old Gage Daniel, were declared missing by Sheriff Randall Boyce early Wednesday morning after two days of searching the charred home. According to State Bomb and Arson investigators, the children were not victims of the fire and their whereabouts were unknown.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol flew over the area Wednesday with a helicopter using infrared cameras to search for the bodies.
Investigators used cadaver dogs to search the home Tuesday.
The bodies of the children’s grandparents, 72-year-old Leon McClaran and 70-year-old Mollie McClaran, were found in the rubble on Monday.
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.
Investigators said the home burned Sunday night at super high temperatures, up to 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit. Sheriff Boyce sent detectives to interview family members, to see if anyone thinks the children might have been taken from the scene, but he is convinced that is not the case. Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Chloie and Gage, please contact the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.