Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Search for Gage And Chloe Continues

Gage Daniel and Chloie Leverette: Amber alert issued for Tenn. kids missing since fire

Gage Daniel (left) and Chloie Leverette (right)
 / AP Photo/Tennessee Bureau of Investigation

 NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Authorities in Tennessee issued a statewide Amber Alert on Friday for 9-year-old Chloie Leverette and 7-year-old Gage Daniel, who have been missing since their home was destroyed by an intense fire.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation sent out the alert late Friday evening after investigators spent a fifth day trying to determine if there were any remains of the children in the fire debris.
The children were living with their grandparents at the house that burned a week ago Sunday night and early Monday.
"I don't know what to think. I don't know what to think," Christopher Daniel, Gage's father, told The Associated Press. "They don't think that they burned up in the fire, the way I took it they don't."
Daniel said he had no idea what could have happened to the children, who have not been seen since before the fire Sunday evening.
Two bodies tentatively identified as 72-year-old Leon "Bubba" McClaran and his wife, 70-year-old Molli McClaran, were recovered last Monday and have been sent to the Nashville medical examiner's office for autopsy. She was the children's maternal grandmother and he was their step-grandfather.
TBI spokeswoman Kristin Helm said the alert has not been sent to other states.
"We don't know where they are," Helm said. "We don't have any indication that they're in another state."
Multiple fire experts had processed the debris of the incinerated farmhouse and no trace of the children was found, the TBI said in a news release announcing the alert.
On Wednesday, when officials still had not found evidence of the children's remains in the debris, TBI issued an endangered child alert.
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.
Forensic teams from Middle Tennessee State University and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville were brought in to help in the search


Anonymous said...

The kids are in another state. The father expected the TBI to assume the kids were burned up in the fire. Now he doesn't know what to think cause his plan is not working the way he thought it would.

Peter, the PROVE YOU ARE NOT A ROBOT two words tests are a pain in the butt and sometimes the second one is to fuzzy to make out.

Anonymous said...

Come on, Christopher, you know exactly what to think.

Is it just me, or is it getting easier to read between the lines?

rob said...

My understanding, 2 different fathers, the girls father is dead.

Jazzie said...

Chloie Leverette's (or Pope's) dad is deceased. Christopher is Gage's father. Cheryl Leverette is both kids' mom. No direct quotes from mom in news/media. We only have Christopher's few sentences from the initial week. Are both Christopher and Cheryl together or do they live apart?

Not a direct quote about Sept 27:
"Daniel, Gage's father, said he believed the children were in the house when it caught fire but was holding out hope they might be found alive."


Anonymous said...

Is there some kind of evidence that the father took them, based on the comments above, am I reading this correctly?

Lis said...

My first thought on this, without knowing anything further about the situation, is, did an angry ex "repossess" them?

Jazzie said...

None that I came across in the news media. I commented on the "Search for 2 children Cont." SA post. I think after all the expert forensic sifting of debris, state of the art forensic lab testing, cadaver dog searches, and infrared helicopter searches, with no trace of the kids found as of Monday, people are looking for possible explanations as to what happened to the kids.

Jazzie said...

There's not a whole lot of direct quotes from Gage's father, so speaking for myself (I'm not great at SA), I can't analyze or draw any conclusions at this point. One new source stated that both parents have "extensive criminal records" but again this is not a direct quote from LE.

Anonymous said...

I still believe it is probable that the children perished in the fire. It was incredibly intense and burned for hours. The grandparents were only 'tentatively' identified - which means they were beyond recognition. Chloie and Gage were two tiny children so it is possible that there is no obvious trace of their remains. When Carnel Chamberlain was eventually found, identification was difficult although the fire could not have been anything like the same intensity as the fire in Tennessee.
There is an ongoing case in France of two young children, Ruth & Jose Breton, whose father claimed they were abducted in a park in October 2011. The police searched the grandparents farm and sniffer dogs alerted to the ashes in a makeshift incinerator. The ashes and tiny bone fragments were tested in late 2011, and it was concluded they were those of small animals. However, months later, several new tests were conducted on the same ashes and it has been confirmed beyond doubt that they are in fact the childrens remains. The father has been held on a murder charge.