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    Exclamation TN - Chloie Leverette, 9, & Gage Daniel, 7, Unionville, 23 Sept 2012 - house fire

    Search begins for missing children whose home burned

    The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has issued an endangered child alert for two children whose home was destroyed by fire Sunday night.

    Chloie Leverette, 9, and Gage Daniel, 7, were last seen by a neighbor Sunday evening at their grandparents' home on Kingdom Road in Unionville. About three hours later the home was destroyed by fire.

    The bodies of the grandparents, Leon McClaran Sr., 72, and Molly McClaran, 70, were recovered from the home. State bomb and arson investigators say the children were not victims of the fire, and their whereabouts are unknown.

    More: http://www.waaytv.com/news/local/sto...k9z_klaiQ.cspx


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    Nothing in that article about the parents?

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    2 Tenn Children Missing, Not Killed in Fire

    Investigators say they are looking for two children they initially believed had perished in a farmhouse fire along with their step-grandparents.

    More: http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/t...-fire-17331572




    The children were last seen on Sunday, September 23 around 6:30 p.m. by a neighbor.

    Chloie and Gage lived with their grandparents at 730 Kingdom Road in Unionville, Tennessee. The home was destroyed by fire Sunday night around 9:30.

    More:
    http://www.wate.com/story/19646714/endangered-child-alert-for-2-bedford-county


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    Did the grandparents have custody of the children? Was there a custody dispute? Sounds like the grandparents' death and the fire may have been an attempt to get the children.
    "Some circumstantial evidence is very strong, as when you find a trout in the milk."
    - Henry David Thoreau

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    Wonder if the grandparents were murdered and the fire was set to cover up the manner of death.
    "Some circumstantial evidence is very strong, as when you find a trout in the milk."
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    original article from the fire: http://www.firefighternation.com/art...see-house-fire

    Asked why the couple were raising their step-grandchildren, family members said simply that the children needed a home.
    http://www.t-g.com/story/1897537.html

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    Thank goodness these grandparents (step or not) stepped up for their grandbabies... i think it may have cost them their lives and that breaks my heart

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    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Leon-...42594729219751

    Found a Facebook memorial page for the grandparents

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    A female with the last name of Pope liked the Memorial page.
    Grandpa had his own FB.


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    I started wondering if the kids got out and scared and ran and ran -- but says fire reported at 1030 - doubt they are awake that late on a school night. I am perplexed for sure - by all accounts they were very generous and loving people.

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    Ive been FB'ing too gracelin - i found that "uncle dick" was married to mollie at one point, and they were his grandkids. really wonder about parent(s)

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    They could have been awakened by the smoke and called 911 to report the fire.
    But this sounds like someone killed the grandparents, grabbed the kids and then set fire to the house to cover up the crime. Horrible!

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    http://www.wsmv.com/story/19645959/c...mobilecgbypass

    Crews are using helicopters and searching the nearby woods to see if the children escaped the fire,

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    http://www.startribune.com/printarticle/?id=171386091

    "Under an abundance of caution we decided to issue an endangered child alert for the two children if they are not in fact found in the fire," Helm said.

    The State Fire Marshal's Office said in a statement that it has concluded "that there are no remains of the two children in the structure. The children's location at this time is unknown."

    Helm said the TBI issued the endangered alert because, "as time moves on, we don't want to miss our opportunity to locate them if they were not in the house."

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