Father of missing Summer Wells has criminal history: Police

Investigators searching for a missing 5-year-old girl in Tennessee held a news conference Thursday with the latest on the investigation.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, authorities issued an AMBER Alert for missing Summer Wells, who has not been seen since at least Tuesday evening in Hawkins County. Multiple agencies, including the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) and the FBI have joined in a land and drone search for the little girl.

At Thursday’s news conference, Hawkins County Sheriff Ronnie Lawson told reporters that Summer’s parents reported her missing on Monday evening at about 6:30, after they had searched independently for the girl. The sheriff did not know exactly when Summer was last seen.

Lawson also confirmed that Summer’s father, who has not been identified, has some type of criminal history but did not offer specifics. Police have not named any suspects in the girl’s disappearance and said on Wednesday that it was too soon to rule out foul play.

On Thursday, Lawson indicated there was continuing uncertainty about the circumstances of the girl’s disappearance.

“Everything’s on the table,” Lawson said. “Everybody’s a person of interest until we find Summer.”

Authorities said at Thursday’s news conference that they have received signal boosts from cell phone companies to help agents communicate with each other while searching the remote area, adding that communication continued to be spotty.

Summer Wells is described as a white juvenile female, about 3 feet tall, with blonde hair cut short. When she last seen she was wearing gray shorts and a punk shirt.

Anyone with information is urged to call 1-800-TBI-FIND, and anyone who sees the missing girl should call 911 immediately.

CrimeOnline will provide further updates when more information is available.

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