ROGERSVILLE, TN (WSMV) - As the search continued in Hawkins County on Friday for 5-year-old Summer Wells, her family spoke to the media for the first time.
"She was planting flowers with her mother and her grandmother and she wanted to go into the house — wanted to go downstairs and play with her toys," Summer's father, Donald Wells said. "I went down in the basement, and she was gone, so she went out the basement door, which was unlocked, and we haven't seen her since."
Teams continue to search the area surrounding the residence where 5-year-old Summer Wells went missing, utilizing all available resources. In addition to air and land searches, ponds and creeks are also being checked.— Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (@TBInvestigation) June 18, 2021
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An Amber Alert was issued for Summer Wells on Wednesday morning after she went missing from her her home in Rogersville, Tennessee on Tuesday.
TBI announced Thursday evening that they had searched nearly 700 acres of the countryside near Ben Hill Road's wooded areas. On Friday morning, searches continued by air and ground.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and local law enforcement gave multiple updates on Thursday of their search efforts to locate the missing child from Hawkins County, Tennessee.
As of Saturday afternoon, the TBI says they've received 113 tips in the case and are following up on all leads.
The TBI is not asking for volunteers to assist in the search but is encouraging people in the area to continue sharing pictures of Wells, along with credible information.