Authorities from multiple agencies continue the search for 5-year-old Summer Wells, who went missing from her east Tennessee home on Tuesday evening.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Wells was last seen walking away from her home in the Beech Creek community of Hawkins County. Investigators immediately launched a ground search, which Hawkins County Sheriff Ronnie Lawson said at a news conference Wednesday was difficult to to challenging, dense terrain and unreliable cell phone service. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) and the FBI have joined the investigation.
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Authorities have said that Wells’ family has been cooperative in the investigation, and that it is too soon to determine if foul play is involved in Summer’s disappearance.
When she was last seen, Summer Wells was wearing a pink shirt and grey shorts. She is described as a white juvenile female, about 3 feet tall, with blonde hair cut short.
An AMBER Alert issued Wednesday remains active. 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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