Search continues for Tennessee girl 260 days after she disappeared

More than eight months after authorities issued an Amber Alert for a missing Tennessee girl, multiple agencies have returned to the rugged terrain surrounding her home in hopes of finding a solution for her family.

Summer Moon-Utah Wells should have celebrated her 6th birthday last month with her family at their home in Hawkins County, northwest Tennessee. That’s something investigators are keeping in mind as the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and local sheriff’s office continue to search for any evidence surrounding his disappearance. The girl was reported missing in June.

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Investigators said they were focusing on “previously identified points of interest” areas in the Beech Creek area. The area is bogged down with extremely steep and dangerous terrain. The researchers took advantage of the good weather to continue searching in the middle of the week

It is one of dozens of searches that have taken place in the more than eight months since the little girl disappeared in June from her family home

Unfortunately, so far no new leads have been discovered through research.

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When was Summer Wells last seen?

Summer Moon-Utah Wells was last seen at her home in the Beech Creek community of Hawkins County, Tennessee on the afternoon of June 15. Officials from more than four dozen agencies have been scouring the Beech Creek community for weeks in search of the girl. Specialized units searched over a thousand acres on foot and from the air. Dive teams were also brought in to search nearby lakes and ponds.

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Has Summer Wells been kidnapped?

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said Summer Wells’ disappearance is still under investigation, but as to whether she was abducted, the agency’s response remained the same.

Although investigators have no evidence that Summer was abducted, they’ve covered all their bases. They interviewed known sex offenders in the area. They also followed any descriptions of vehicles given to them that may have been in the area that day.

One such vehicle law enforcement officials would like to find is a brown or red 1998-2000 Toyota Tacoma, with a full ladder rack and white buckets in the bed of the truck. A witness who is regularly in the area as part of his job spotted the truck in the area. Investigators would like to speak to the driver.

“At this time, there is no evidence that she was abducted. However, all leads continue to be explored, including foul play and the possibility that she may have wandered off and become lost in the mountainous and rugged terrain surrounding his home,” the TBI wrote. . “We’re asking anyone who saw Summer at any time on Tuesday, June 15 to come forward if they haven’t already.”

The BIT added a Q&A on their blog about Summer’s disappearance on their website to help the public understand what has been done in the case so far.

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Is Summer Wells’ research still considered active?

Although the initial active search had long been suspended, law enforcement officials said they would conduct any search based on credible information, but that information was lacking. Officials said the search like the one conducted on Tuesday was due to changes in ground conditions. They are also urging all area residents to continue to check their properties, especially as the bloom decreases due to cooler weather, for any evidence that summer may have been on their property.

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Is the investigation into the disappearance of Summer Wells still active?

Investigators said they sifted through thousands of tips but hit dead ends. Most of the advice is generated by well-meaning people on social media who spread speculation and conjecture rather than having real first-hand knowledge, investigators said. Over the past month, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said it has seen a significant increase in the number of tips based on speculation.

Officials said they were not releasing too many details, including the exact timeline of the girl’s disappearance, as it is important to the ongoing investigation.

The sheriff said investigators had gone through all the available surveillance footage they could find near the girl’s home, but it’s a very rural residential area, so cameras are rare. and spaced out.

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Have Summer Wells’ parents been investigated?

FOX News previously reported both of Summer’s parents have criminal records.

Don Wells, Summer’s father, was convicted of multiple violent crimes and served time in prison for drug and burglary-related convictions in Arkansas, Utah and Texas. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, he was cited for numerous parole violations.

Summer’s mother, Candus Bly, also has a criminal record in the state of Wisconsin, most recently a guilty plea for misdemeanor domestic violence in 2003.

Sheriff Lawson had previously said he did not believe Don Wells’ criminal history played a role in the case. He said Summer lived with her parents and three siblings in their home.

The sheriff said Summer’s parents continue to cooperate fully with the investigation.

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What is the last description given of Summer Wells?

Summer is described by investigators as 3 feet tall, weighing around 40 pounds, with blonde hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing gray pants and a pink shirt. She is believed to be barefoot and her hair is now shorter than the photos released by TBI.

Who should be contacted with information about Summer Wells’ disappearance?

Anyone who sees Summer is asked to call 911 immediately. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND or the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office at 423-272-7121.

The FBI is also helping in the case.

This story is reported from Atlanta

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Amanda J. Marsh