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Summer Wells: Tips pour in, but no sign of missing Tennessee 5-year-old

Tennessee state investigators said Saturday they had received more than 100 tips about missing 5-year-old Summer Wells, but so far none have led them to the little girl.

Investigators have called for help in the search from the Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads, Hawkins County Emergency Communications said, and Summer’s father put out another plea for his daughter’s return.

Don Wells told WVLT on Friday that authorities have searched his Rogersville home and that’s fine with him.

“Well, I think they have to do that,” he said. “They can’t rule out anybody. It’s their job to rule out everybody. “They’re just doing their job, what they’ve got to do, and we welcome them to do their job for sure.”

Summer Wells disappeared Tuesday after going inside the home. Don Wells said he thinks the little girl left again through the basement door, as CrimeOnline previously reported.

Wells also told WVLT that Summer’s disappearance isn’t the first time the family has dealt with a member vanishing. In 2009, he said, Summer’s mother’s sister disappeared without a trace from Wisconsin.

While searchers are covering hundreds of acres in the mountainous area of East Tennessee, Don Wells said he doesn’t think Summer’s there anymore.

“Me personally, I’m pretty certain someone grabbed her, threw her in a car and left the area,” he said. “Summer, if you can hear me, we all love you so much.”

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[Featured image: Summer Wells/Tennessee Bureau of Investigation]