WATCH LIVE: Police hold press conference amid search for missing 5-year-old Summer Wells

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and local authorities will hold a news briefing Monday afternoon to share the latest developments in the search for a missing 5-year-old girl in east Tennessee.

Summer Wells’ parents reported her missing on Tuesday evening, after the little girl vanished from the family’s Hawkins County home some time that day. Summer’s parents reportedly said they believe she left out of a basement door after she had been gardening with her mother and grandmother. Summer’s father Don Wells has said in media interviews that he believes his daughter was abducted.


Authorities issued an AMBER Alert on Wednesday and have been searching the remote, wooded area for signs of the girl since she was reported missing. Police have not ruled out foul play, and have said that Summer’s family has been cooperative with the investigation.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, Don Wells told a local news station the Department of Children’s Services has been at the home and working with the family to help manage the stress of Summer’s disappearance. Don Wells said that Summer’s brothers are having a hard time coping with her sister’s disappearance.

Police have not addressed the media since Friday, and the search continued through the weekend.

The press conference will begin at 4 p.m. ET.

Read all of CrimeOnline’s covering of the search for Summer Wells here.

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