HAWKINS COUNTY, TN (WSMV) - The search for 5-year-old Summer Wells is stretching into its second week, with multiple law enforcement agencies from Tennessee and out of state working to find the missing child.
At Monday’s briefing, authorities asked residents to check their properties as the search entered its seventh day.
"While we've not ruled out an abduction, we simply do not have any evidence at this point to confirm that's what occurred,” Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Leslie Earhart said. “For that reason, the ground search for Summer continues. It is possible that she wandered off, is lost and afraid."
Wells was last seen outside her home in Rogersville, Tennessee on Tuesday evening. A statewide Amber Alert was then issued for Wells on Wednesday.
Agencies from Tennessee and surrounding states, including National Parks Rangers and Tennessee State Troopers, are now assisting in the search for Wells. Investigators said they've searched about 2,400 acres with the help of 70 agencies out of six states, including Ohio, Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, and North Carolina.
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.
Summer's father, Donald Wells, said it isn't like his daughter to wander off. He said Summer was last seen planting flowers with her mother and grandmother. Her mother saw Summer go into their house, and they haven't seen her since.
As the search continues in Hawkins County for a missing five-year-old girl, her family is speaking to the media.
"When her mother comes in, she says, 'Where's Summer?' She went down in the basement. She didn't answer, so she went down there, and she was gone," Wells said. "So she went out the basement door, which was unlocked, and we haven't seen her since."
"It's horrible — absolutely horrible," he said. "I'm hoping that she comes home. I'm hoping and praying she's not in pain or misery or being hurt."
The TBI said they had received 137 tips from the public about where Summer might be as of Sunday afternoon. They say they are following up on every possible lead. Anyone with information about Summer's whereabouts is being urged to call 1-800-TBI-FIND.
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