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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Mel70

Special specialist
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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Why would the 15 yr old boy lie?.
 

Mel70

Special specialist
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!
I've personally never seen this happen with a child. Giving up so quickly.
 

Guess Who

Well-known member
Why would the 15 yr old boy lie?.
Weren't you 15 once?

It also could be that she did go under, but if she was a good swimmer, her mom might not have thought about it as being anything but usual swimming? I would think nothing of somebody stating that they saw my kids go under water at that age. Maybe it freaked him out because he doesn't swim?
 

Mel70

Special specialist
Weren't you 15 once?

It also could be that she did go under, but if she was a good swimmer, her mom might not have thought about it as being anything but usual swimming? I would think nothing of somebody stating that they saw my kids go under water at that age. Maybe it freaked him out because he doesn't swim?
Uh yes. What does that mean?
 

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

Administrator
Staff member
As they should be in any case of a missing child.
I was gonna say, I don't think that's uncommon in cases like this.
It *could* be directly related to her disappearance. But it could be that they're just monitoring the welfare of the other 3 children during this stressful time. Or it could be that they're looking into the claims by the 15-year-old that Candus gave him alcohol and often got drunk/high around the kids. Or a handful of any other circumstances as well.
If I'm remembering correctly, the family had no contact with DCS prior to Summer's disappearance? Not that that necessarily means anything either.
 

FightingCrime247

Well-known member

So it has been confirmed by the sister that Don says CPS has removed the boys from the home, but there is no information on where they were taken. Also, the sister gives a lot of information about Dons' past and his patterns of behaviors, I don't know how relevant any of that is to what happened to Summer but you can check it out and judge for yourself.
 

Kimster

Let's Find Michael Bryson!
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So it has been confirmed by the sister that Don says CPS has removed the boys from the home, but there is no information on where they were taken. Also, the sister gives a lot of information about Dons' past and his patterns of behaviors, I don't know how relevant any of that is to what happened to Summer but you can check it out and judge for yourself.
This case keeps taking off on side roads, none of which are in Summer’s favor. :(
 

FightingCrime247

Well-known member
This case keeps taking off on side roads, none of which are in Summer’s favor. :(
I know, the more people talk the more I can understand why LE is having a hard time getting credible leads. Everyone we hear from has a different story to tell or some details to add or take away. It's so confusing and starting to feel a lot like a circus instead of an investigation to find a little girl. I just hope that the truth will come out soon and Summer can be found.
 

FightingCrime247

Well-known member


Here are both parts of the interview that Chris from The Interview Room did with Candus and after watching and listening to these I don't know what to think anymore. If you get time watch these interviews and see if your opinion of the situation changes or what you think about them.
 

Kimster

Let's Find Michael Bryson!
Staff member


Here are both parts of the interview that Chris from The Interview Room did with Candus and after watching and listening to these I don't know what to think anymore. If you get time watch these interviews and see if your opinion of the situation changes or what you think about them.
I am way out of the loop on this case. If I get the time, I will try to catch these videos so I can see what’s going on.
 

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