SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. (September 27, 2012)--Authorities in Tennessee were still looking Thursday for any trace of two children missing since a fire destroyed the home they shared with an elderly man and woman who were rearing them and who died in the blaze.
The search is focused not only on the ashes and debris from the deadly fire, but also on the rolling farmland nearby.
Investigators aren't sure if the children, ages 9 and 7, died along with the elderly couple in the fire that destroyed their home Sunday night.
They've found none of the remains of the children, but also no indication of foul play and no reason to believe the children weren't trapped in the fire.
When the state Bureau of Investigation was called in Wednesday, it issued an endangered children alert, in what a spokeswoman called an "abundance of caution." Search teams fanned out around the property.
Thursday investigators were focused on fire debris at the home.
Family members and reporters were kept back as the search continues.
Agents have determined that one of the two people who died was the children's grandmother.
They've interviewed the mother of the youngsters, and the father of the 7-year-old boy who died.
The father of the other child, a 9-year-old girl, is deceased.