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Kids run thousands of laps, hopeful for their classmates' return

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UNIONVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

The classmates of two children, still missing after a devastating and mysterious fire last year, are hoping they'll eventually come home.

Chloie Leverette and Gage Daniel haven't been seen since September 2012 when a fire killed their grandparents and left their Bedford County home in ashes.

Five months have passed, and authorities still don't know where the children are. Now, the sixth annual Viking Voyage PTO fundraiser has taken on new meaning.

Every year, a group of students at Community Elementary School run around and around their gym to raise money for their school, but Wednesday they also ran for their two friends who are considered missing and might be dead.

More than 700 students ran 28,551 laps for a total of 1,428 miles.

"I mean, we've got kids missing that need to be found and brought home," said Leon McClaran, uncle of the missing children.

Investigators found the grandparents' remains in the home, yet there has been no trace of 9-year-old Chloie Leverette or her half-brother, 7-year-old Gage Daniel.

"At the night of the fire, I would have said those kids were in that fire, but because they're not found and no traces of them, I mean, it does raise flags," McClaran said.

McClaran donned a special "Remember Chloie and Gage" T-shirt of his own and watched as his son, a cousin of Gage and Chloie, made the rounds in the gym.

"All kids ask questions, and it's hard to explain to kids. But yeah, he wonders," McClaran said.

McClaran even joined in for a lap or two himself on a sort of bittersweet day meant to remember two kids who would be impossible to forget.

"We just hope that one day they do get to come home," McClaran said.

"It's hard to go through a day without something happening or us not thinking about them. Most of the time they are good thoughts, but then those thoughts turn to, 'I wonder where they are,'" said Tim Miller, principal at Community Elementary School.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said it has nothing new to report on the case. The autopsies for the children's grandparents have been completed, but the medical examiner said the results were inconclusive.

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