Lost in the Ashes
On the evening of September 23, 2012, EMTs respond to the report of a fire at a farmhouse in rural Tennessee. They arrive to find the McClaren home totally engulfed in flames. It is assumed that Bubba and Mollie McClaren and their two young grandchildren, Chloie, 9, and Gage, 7, were trapped inside. Their mother, Cheryl, arrives to the scene and watches in horror, assuming that all have perished. In the days following the fire, world-class investigators sift through the smoldering debris searching for the family’s remains. They find Cheryl’s parents and two family pets, but they do not find the remains of her children. The investigation pivots to support Cheryl’s theory that Chloie and Gage were actually kidnapped from the scene before the fire was intentionally set. An Amber Alert is immediately issued for the children. One year after the incident, there’s a sighting – and photo taken – of a young girl in a diner. Cheryl is convinced it’s Chloie. But authorities are unable to track down the child in the photo. Cheryl continues to hope that Chloie and Gage will someday return to her.
See digitally rendered age progression photos of Chloie and Gage below. If you have any information about their disappearance go to unsolved.com or email the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation at firstname.lastname@example.org.SUBMIT A TIP