Summer Wells: Investigators looking for driver of pickup truck seen in area where 5-year-old disappeared as ‘potential witness’

Tennessee investigators are now looking for the driver of a Toyota pickup truck seen in the rural Hawkins County area where 5-year old Summer Wells was last seen.

The truck was described as a 1998 to 2000 maroon or red Toyota Tacoma with a full bed ladder rack and white buckets in the bed, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said on Saturday.

Agents said they truck was in the Beech Creek Road and Ben Hill Road area in the late afternoon or early evening on either June 14 or 15.

Summer’s parents reported the little girl missing on the evening of June 15, as CrimeOnline previously reported.

TBI stressed that the driver of the truck was not a suspect in Summer’s disappearance, but “a potential witness who may have heard or seen something that may help us in our search for Summer.”

They asked the driver to contact the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.

TBI said on Friday that they’d received nearly 400 tips about the missing girl, but “none have resulted in a solid lead.”

While investigators have kept civilians off search crews, opting instead for law enforcement and professional search and rescue teams from all over the region, neighbors of the Wellses have been doing their part, WJHL reported. While some have made sure investigators have plenty of food on hand, others bring in sodas and water and ice.

Michael Fontana, who lives just down the road, told the station everyone in the area will do “anything we can as a community to help them.”

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