HAWKINS COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) – Five-year-old Summer Wells remains missing and officials say they are “more concerned than ever to find her.”
Summer Wells, 5, was reported missing from her home on Beech Creek community in Hawkins County six days ago. Crews from 72 agencies have been searching the woods in difficult terrain surrounding the home. More than 2,400 acres have been covered so far. Wells’ father said in an interview that it is uncommon for Wells to wander off.
“While we’ve not ruled out an abduction, we simply do not have any evidence at this point to confirm that’s what occurred,” said Leslie Earhart, spokesperson for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. “For that reason, the ground search for Summer continues. It’s possible that she wandered off and is lost and afraid.”
Wells’ father said he believes someone might have ‘snuck up on her and grabbed her.’
Coup said aircraft are being used to keep an eye on the area overnight when the ground search effort is paused unless crews are following up on a lead.
“We will not quit until we find Summer Wells,” said Capt. Tim Coup, who is overseeing ground search efforts.
“At the evening time, it is too treacherous and too dangerous, unless TBI or the sheriff’s department gets a lead that they need us to go help assist on,” Coup said. “Too dangerous for us to keep our guys up in these mountains in this treacherous terrain at nighttime. But I want you guys to know, and rest assured, along with the community, that search efforts due to not stop when it gets dark.”
Hawkins County Sheriff Ronnie Lawson again encouraged residents in that area to check outbuildings and sheds.
“We desperately need you to do that for us. It’s easier for you to check your own property than it is to send officers there,” Lawson said.
For complete coverage of the search, visit the Search For Summer Wells
Earhart said drivers who were in the area around the time Wells was reported missing have been identified and interviewed. The circumstances leading to Wells’ disappearance “remain unclear” but investigators are following all leads, she said. Investigators have also reviewed residential surveillance video and photos from the area.
As of Monday, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation had received 150 tips. Earhart said dealing with rumors and speculation is “always a battle.”
Anyone with information regarding Wells’ whereabouts is urged to call 1-800-TBI-FIND.
The TBI AMBER Alert reports Summer’s appearance as follows:
- Age: 5
- Sex: Female
- Race: White
- Hair: Blonde Eyes: Blue
- Height: 3′
- Weight: 40 lbs.
- NCIC: M476287498
- Missing From: Rogersville, Tennessee
- Missing Since: June 15, 2021