ROGERSVILLE, TN (WSMV) – As the search continued in Hawkins County on Friday for Summer Wells, 5, her family spoke to the media for the first time.
“She was planting flowers with her mom and grandmother and she wanted to come into the house – wanted to come down and play with her toys,” Summer’s father Donald Wells said. “I went down to the basement, and she was gone, so she walked out the basement door, which wasn’t locked, and we haven’t seen her since.”
Teams continue to search the area surrounding the residence where 5-year-old Summer Wells went missing, using all available resources. In addition to aerial and ground searches, ponds and streams are also monitored.
– Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (@TBInvestigation) June 18, 2021
An Amber Alert was issued for Summer Wells Wednesday morning after her disappearance Tuesday from her home in Rogersville, Tennessee.
TBI announced Thursday night that it had excavated nearly 700 acres of countryside near the wooded areas of Ben Hill Road. Friday morning, the search continued by air and land.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and local law enforcement released several updates Thursday on their search efforts to locate the missing child from Hawkins County, Tennessee.
On Saturday afternoon, the TBI said it had received 113 tips in the case and was following all leads.
The TBI is not asking for volunteers to help with the research, but encourages locals to continue sharing photos of Wells, as well as credible information.
Anyone with information on Summer’s location is urged to call the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office at 423-272-7121 or the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.
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