ROGERSVILLE, TN (WSMV) - The TBI has issued an Amber Alert for a 5-year-old girl missing from Hawkins County, Tennessee. 

Officials posted the alert Wednesday morning, stating that Summer Moon-Utah Wells was last seen outside of her home in the Beech Creek community on Tuesday evening in Rogersville, Tennessee.

"There was the initial search. We acted on information available at the time," TBI Spokesperson Leslie Earhart said. "And as we learned more in the first several hours today, it led us to issue an amber alert."

As of Saturday, June 19, TBI agents had received 113 tips regarding the case. 

While the agency is not asking for help in their search of surrounding areas where Wells was last seen, they are asking the public to check their property for any signs of the missing girl. 

"We do want to encourage the public, especially residents living in the Benhill Road area, to check any cameras or security cameras that they might have, that could have captured Summer on video or photographs," Earhart said.

TBI was encouraging people to check any crawl spaces, buildings, or sheds.

"That would make for good hiding places," Earhart said.

TBI and local law enforcement provide an update on a missing East Tennessee 5-year-old.

Hawkins County Sherriff Ronnie Lawson discussed the extent of the search for Summer.

"Today, we've had over 100 people in the woods searching throughout the whole region. We also have the TBI and FBI assisting my office. We are jointly investigating this whole circumstance," Lawson said. "It's a very intense investigation. I know the public needs to know things, but it's ongoing, and we will release things as we can when we can. Our main goal right now is to find Summer."

Summer Moon-Utah Wells
Summer Moon-Utah Wells

Lawson also discussed how the terrain is rugged and challenging with communication for the search.

"The Terrain is tremendously hard. No cell phone services, the radio system we use is not that good—very little radio communications. Several command posts set up," Lawson said. "But it's what makes it so hard is communication between the boots on the ground searching the woods and different agencies and officers. It's very hard to communicate."

Rogersville is located about 245 miles from Nashville in East Tennessee. 

If you see Summer or have information on her whereabouts, you're urged to call the Hawkins County Sheriff's Office at 423-272-7121 or the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.

This is still a developing story. Stay with us for updates on-air and online. 

 

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