AMBER Alert SUMMER WELLS: Missing from Rogersville, TN - 15 June 2021 - Age 5

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AMBER Alert issued for missing 5-year-old out of Hawkins Co.​

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation issued a statewide AMBER Alert for a missing 5-year-old girl from Rogersville in Hawkins County Wednesday morning.

Officials with the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office confirmed to WVLT News that Summer Moon-Utah Wells went missing Tuesday night. Sheriff’s Office officials are asking for the public’s help locating the child.

Summer Wells has blonde hair and was last seen wearing grey shorts and a pink shirt on Ben Hill road, officials said. She has been missing since 7 p.m. Tuesday.

TBI officials said Summer Wells may now have shorter hair than that pictured in earlier alerts.


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SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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Sorry to reveal my ignorance about this case,lol, but is the FBI involved as well? Because this police Department may not have enough experience with those kind of cases.
Yes. The FBI, specifically their CARD team (Child Abduction Rapid Deployment), has been involved.

ETA: At the peak of the search, more than 100 agencies were involved. Local PD was by no means the only ones on this.
 

kdg411

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There's a good indication that she may be in/around the area because Equusearch has to be invited (requested) by le. The who & why will keep all of our heads spinning however I am confident in the SAR techniques utlized by this grass roots team that could hopefully lead to answers & perhaps closure. Just my thoughts. ;)
 

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There's a good indication that she may be in/around the area because Equusearch has to be invited (requested) by le. The who & why will keep all of our heads spinning however I am confident in the SAR techniques utlized by this grass roots team that could hopefully lead to answers & perhaps closure. Just my thoughts. ;)
I just hope that they will find her soon, so that a cod can be established. Because in my opinion her family doesn't act normal, but this is of course only my perception and opinion 🙂. There's no textbook for it . Hopefully there will be a solution for this❤
 

FightingCrime247

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No updates to provide except for the Amber Alert will remain active until she is found. I know there have been a lot of rumors about the alert being cancelled but per the TBI it has not and will not until there is a resolution to this case. Hopefully, with EquiSearch being invited to the search we will have some news to report soon.
 

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More info on the timeline of the day leading up to Summer's disappearance.

Candus recalled June 15, the day Summer disappeared.

Candus’ mother – also named Candus, but who’s nicknamed Candy – needed to see a doctor in Kingsport about her aching knee.

“We went to Gatlinburg and the boys accidentally kept tripping over her sore knee,” Candus said. “She had an artificial knee replaced. And if you twist it the wrong way, it pops out and it hurts really bad. And she couldn’t figure out why it wouldn’t stop hurting after a while, so I took her to the ER that morning.”

After taking Candy to Holston Valley, Candus and Summer went to visit some family friends in Kingsport. “They invited me over to sit at their house while I waited for my mom to get done so we weren’t sitting in the hot truck. So, I went over there,” Candus said.

“I was sitting and mom called me to come get her,” said Candus, adding that the 15-year-old son of her friend asked to go along. “I went and picked her up, and then we drove all the way across town and dropped her prescription off. They said it’d be about 30 minutes at the most.

“So, we were like, well instead of sitting here in the car where it’s hot — it was baking hot – we’ll just go to Warrior’s and let Summer swim for a little while. Like I said, we weren’t even planning on going swimming or fishing or anything,” Candus said.

So, they went to Warrior’s Path State Park and let Summer and the boy swim in the cove just south of the park’s horse stables. “I figured 15 or 20 minutes in the water, you know, run a little bit of energy out instead of sitting in the truck,” Candus said.

One of the last videos shot of Summer before her disappearance is of her swimming in that cove. There has been much speculation in social media about what happened next. According to accounts, Summer went under water and the boy dove in to save her. Candus said that didn’t happen. In the video, Summer is seen splashing in the lake, then stands up to reveal it’s only about waist-deep.

“That boy lied on everything that happened,” Candus said. “Because the place I was at, there was no rocks. She didn’t slide on no rocks and fall in the water. She wasn’t under the water for 20 seconds or more like he said. That was just a bunch of lies he made up. I don’t know why he did that.

“There was no incident at all. That don’t even make no sense why he would even say that. And the video that I took is the same, exact time that they were in the water playing,” Candus said. If Summer had fallen, “she’d jump right back up. That’s what don’t make no sense to me, at all. There’s so many rumors and lies going around, none of it even makes sense. Couch Police, that’s what I call them.”

After the swim, it was back across Fort Henry Drive to Walgreen’s, then a quick stop at a grocery store.

“We went back and picked up my mom’s prescription and went to Price Less. I dropped off (the boy) after Price Less and we come home. And then me and my mom – the boys were in watching Youtube like they always do – my mom says, ‘let’s re-arrange and plant the flowers.’ She goes, ‘Well, we know the boys aren’t going to help us. I know Summer will.’ So, I yelled for Summer. She was in the house with the boys. She comes out and she was planting flowers with us,” Candus said.

The flowers were put in planters next to Grandma Candy’s camper, with Summer handling some of the tasks, Candus said.

“She put all the rocks on top, put chaste in there. She did all the rocks herself. We went in to grandmother’s after we were done. She asked Grandma for a piece of candy. Grandma gave her a piece of candy. She told me she wanted to go back over with her brothers, so I literally walked her” halfway between the camper and the house, Candus said.

“I watched her go in the door and I could see her brothers at the kitchen table. When she went in, I walked over and yelled at the boys, I said, ‘Watch Summer. I’ll be right back. I’ve got to fix Mom’s knee brace.’ I was standing right there (at the camper). I was over there fixing it. Literally, you can see my house from the (camper) door. She did not walk back out that front door.”

Candus estimated it took “maybe two to five minutes to fix Mom’s brace.”

“When I got done, I come back in. I asked the boys, ‘Where’s your sister?’ They said, ‘She went downstairs to play with her toys, Mom.’ I said okay and I went and I hollered down the steps. I always holler for them down there. And she didn’t holler back. I said, ‘Are you sure she’s down there?’ They said, ‘Yeah, she just went down there.’

“So, I went down there and I searched. I looked everywhere I could. Then I went through the house and I kept calling for her, yelling for her, everything. I came out here (outside) yelling for her, everything else, and she was nowhere. So, I called Don because I was freaking out,” Candus said.

Don, Summer’s father, was installing drywall at a job site in Jonesborough.

“I said, ‘I can’t find Summer. Get home now,’” Candus recalled. “He was like, ‘Call 9-1-1.’ So, I dropped my phone because I had to run over and get Mom’s phone and dial 9-1-1, because her AT & T phone is the only one that works out here to call 9-1-1. So, I called them, and told them what’s goin’ on.

“Before the cops even came out, I went down and told my neighbors, ‘Summer is missing, will you help me look?’ just in case she did wander off. But I knew in the back of my mind, she’s never wandered off. She never went nowhere without me. She’ll ask me to do something before she even goes and does it. And she’s scared to go in the woods herself because we’ve told her time and time (again) because of the bears and snakes,” Candus said.

“I sent the older boys down through the creek. If they’ve got a walkie-talkie and their buck knife, they can go down through there. I sent all them searching and I went out in my mom’s truck and went all the way down by the church, then went all the way down the (other) way and I didn’t see nobody even out and about,” Candus said.

“Then I went all the way back in the holler as far as the truck can go and I didn’t see nothing back in there, either. When I was coming back up out of the holler, the cops were coming up in my driveway. So, I just followed them up in here. I don’t recall if (Don) was here before the police got here or if he was here at the same time they showed up,” said Candus.

“We searched everywhere we could possibly search. They were out here for three or four days straight searching 5,000 square (acres). They searched all this mountain terrain all the way down through here. They busted into my shed down there and destroyed it,” she said.

“What really gets me is when they were searching for her, why didn’t they make the neighbors let them go in their sheds and buildings and stuff? Why didn’t they make them unlock it? Some people were like, ‘No, you can’t search my property.’ Why would you do that? There’s a missing kid. Why would you not let them search? It just don’t make no sense,” said Candus, who grew frustrated at times with the searchers.

“They looked in every vehicle I had, underneath every vehicle I had. They opened that tote right there and all it’s got in it is a bunch of crafts and stuff. You couldn’t even fit nobody in that if you wanted to. They opened that like seven times. They even went so small to look in my mom’s sewer tank of her camper. That’s hole’s like” an inch-diameter circle, Candus gestured with her thumb and index finger. “How did you get that four-foot baby in that hole?” she said.

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FightingCrime247

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Here is an interview that Chris from Profiling Evil did with the boy that was with Summer and Candus the day Summer went missing. There is a lot of conflicting information in this interview that just doesn't line up with what Candus originally said to the news media in her first interview. I find it all very strange and red flags everywhere. I don't know what to make of this one so many different versions of events are coming out it's frustrating. I like thousands of other people just want the truth to come out and Summer to be found.
 

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Story seems pretty consistent with what Candus said, linked above. Other than the "being underwater" part. Which, if Summer came up laughing and not coughing or choking or anything, like he himself said, I could see her not thinking anything of that. (Is dry drowning or secondary drowning a possibility here? If so, why not just call 911 or go to the hospital?)

For some reason he finds the phone call with Don suspicious, even though he himself said he usually called her several times a day while working. If there had been a suspicious person on their property, it would make sense to me that it might be a topic of conversation between them... (But, were the kids at work with him? Or was he at home with them? Or were the boys home alone?)

I mean, I'm honestly not on either side of the fence yet. But this interview doesn't throw up any additional red flags for me. I do find it interesting that he, being "like a son" to Candus, would jump to her involvement though.
 
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Guess Who

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Story seems pretty consistent with what Candus said, linked above. Other than the "being underwater" part. Which, if Summer came up laughing and not coughing or choking or anything, like he himself said, I could see her not thinking anything of that. (Is dry drowning or secondary drowning a possibility here? If so, why not just call 911 or go to the hospital?)

For some reason he finds the phone call with Don suspicious, even though he himself said he usually called her several times a day while working. If there had been a suspicious person on their property, it would make sense to me that it might be a topic of conversation between them... (But, were the kids at work with him? Or was he at home with them? Or were the boys home alone?)

I mean, I'm honestly not on either side of the fence yet. But this interview doesn't throw up any additional red flags for me. I do find it interesting that he, being "like a son" to Candus, would jump to her involvement though.
Again, her brothers would know if she made it home or not. I would be more interested in their stories of what happened that afternoon.
 

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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Again, her brothers would know if she made it home or not. I would be more interested in their stories of what happened that afternoon.
Absolutely. But we're not likely to hear from them. Investigators certainly have though.
Did they lay eyes on her? Or just hear their mother saying "okay Summer go inside" or something. Knowing that, 1000%, would get me off of the fence. One way or the other.
 

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Emergency leaders explain how radio systems had an impact on the search for Summer Wells​

The Hawkins County Public Safety Committee met Wednesday with the search for Summer Wells and its impact on county resources being an overarching theme.

The county’s troubled 911 and radio system between first responders was the point of contention during the meeting.

Leaders with the Church Hill Rescue Squad, Hawkins County Rescue Squad, EMA and 911, and other emergency operations leaders spoke in front of the committee.

“TEMA and Sullivan Co. EMA provided us with the cache of approximately 50 radios to hand out to the responders that were on scene,” explained 911 Director Lynn Campbell. “If it hadn’t been for them providing those radios, we would have been in a mess in Beech Creek. We would have had no communications with all these people.”

“If you’ve not been off Beech Creek and pulled off Beech Creek Road and pulled on to Ben Hill Road, Fields Road, Bells Road and started looking at that terrain — one ill step…seriously injured or killed and we had 1,194 people searching that area,” he explained. “I don’t want to go to one of my members, I’m sure Hawkins County Rescue Squad, EMS, you guys, don’t want to make that door knock or on the phone going, ‘your child, father, brother, sister, mother — they’re not coming home because of lack of communication and safety for these guys that are doing these as a volunteer, for free.”
 

Guess Who

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Absolutely. But we're not likely to hear from them. Investigators certainly have though.
Did they lay eyes on her? Or just hear their mother saying "okay Summer go inside" or something. Knowing that, 1000%, would get me off of the fence. One way or the other.
I understand that WE most likely won't hear what the brothers said but knowing they were interviewed and they kept focusing on the surrounding area leads me to believe she was seen at the home by them in that time. What happened after that...i have no idea.
 

Guess Who

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Emergency leaders explain how radio systems had an impact on the search for Summer Wells​

The Hawkins County Public Safety Committee met Wednesday with the search for Summer Wells and its impact on county resources being an overarching theme.

The county’s troubled 911 and radio system between first responders was the point of contention during the meeting.

Leaders with the Church Hill Rescue Squad, Hawkins County Rescue Squad, EMA and 911, and other emergency operations leaders spoke in front of the committee.

“TEMA and Sullivan Co. EMA provided us with the cache of approximately 50 radios to hand out to the responders that were on scene,” explained 911 Director Lynn Campbell. “If it hadn’t been for them providing those radios, we would have been in a mess in Beech Creek. We would have had no communications with all these people.”

“If you’ve not been off Beech Creek and pulled off Beech Creek Road and pulled on to Ben Hill Road, Fields Road, Bells Road and started looking at that terrain — one ill step…seriously injured or killed and we had 1,194 people searching that area,” he explained. “I don’t want to go to one of my members, I’m sure Hawkins County Rescue Squad, EMS, you guys, don’t want to make that door knock or on the phone going, ‘your child, father, brother, sister, mother — they’re not coming home because of lack of communication and safety for these guys that are doing these as a volunteer, for free.”
That terrain still gets me. I know how it is in my wee patch of woods. I cant imagine trying to search even rougher terrain and that size and being confident it was all searched to know for sure. I would call it impossible to know.
 

FightingCrime247

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This is a really good video that shows the events of the day Summer disappeared as told by H in his interview with Chris from The Interview Room. As well as other insightful information on the search for Summer.
 

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‘It’s a financial burden for an agency’: Hawkins Co. Sheriff discusses toll of Summer Wells case on his office​

In this interview with Hawkins County Sheriff Ronnie Lawson, he breaks down the cost to the county for the overtime hours of all the officers and others involved in the search for Summer Wells. Also, Lawson talks about the needs of the police department and other search and rescue groups that have come to light because of the search. I don't know how I feel about his statements seems a little insensitive to me but I guess at least he's being honest?
It’s a sad state of affairs but yes he’s being honest. Most sheriff departments are run on a very strict budget. Ours has to be approved by voters every four years and sometimes they don’t even vote in favor!
 

FightingCrime247

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So Candus' says that H is lying in his interview about Summer going under water for a few seconds when she was swimming. Why would he lie about that? Most of the other things he has said have been proven true but yet he lies about that one little detail? It doesn't make much sense to me but then again a lot of things don't make sense in this whole thing. I keep coming back to the fact that they (the parents) were quick to jump on the she was abducted theory yet TBI has stated there is no evidence to support that theory. The one thing I keep coming back to is whatever happened to Summer, happened at that property. We know that she was alive and well when they dropped off H at his house and when that accidental video was made but after that it's anyones' guess as to what happened to her.
 
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