Many weeks after a deadly Bedford County fire, there is still a big mystery about what happened and where the two children originally thought to be inside have gone.
There have not been any signs of young Cloie Leverette or Gage Daniel, but now one thing could change that.
"Personally, I think a crime did happen here," said family member Mary Lamb.
Flames destroyed a farmhouse along Kingdom Road in Unionville more than six weeks ago. Leon and Molly McClaren died in the fire, but the two children inside seemed to disappear.
"It's a sad story. They're gone. And you can't bring them back," Lamb said.
Searchers did not discover the children's remains, which sparked hope they could be alive. But it also raised a big question - if not here, where could they be?
"I really don't know what to think," said victims' son Leon McClaren. "We all just don't understand."
"Cloie and Gage are alive somewhere and we want them back," Lamb said.
As for the investigation, progress remains slow. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation continues to work the case, but for now, it can't explain the kids' disappearance. Therefore, a statewide AMBER Alert remains in effect for Cloie and Gage.
"We'd like for Cloie and Gage to come home, if they're alive," Leon McClaren said.
The family recently pooled money with neighbors, hoping a $1,500 reward could spark new leads.
If it works, it could finally help this family find an elusive sense of closure.
To contribute to the family's reward fund, mention the memorial fund established in the children's names at any Regions Bank in Eagleville or Shelbyville.
And if you have information that might help investigators, call 1-800-TBI-FIND.
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