Investigators in Tennessee try to trace down a possible witness in the case of a 5-year-old lady who disappeared from her residence earlier this month.
The ongoing seek for Summer Wells, who vanished from outdoors her Rogersville residence on June 15, has turned to a Toyota pickup truck seen across the time of her disappearance, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said Saturday.
“We have been working around the clock to identify anyone who may have been in the area around the time 5-year-old Summer Wells disappeared to determine what they may have seen or heard, no matter how insignificant it may have seemed to them at the time,” TBI officers mentioned in an announcement. “Every detail is important.”
The driver detectives hope to find was in a late Nineties maroon or crimson Toyota Tacoma pickup truck with a full-bed ladder rack with white buckets. Anyone with data is being requested to contact the legislation enforcement company at (800) TBI-FIND.
“If you are the driver of this truck, please contact us,” Saturday’s assertion learn. “We want to stress that this individual is not a suspect, but is a potential witness who may have heard or seen something that may help us in our search for Summer.”
A TBI spokeswoman informed The Post that the seek for Summer and an investigation into the circumstances of her disappearance — now its second week — was persevering with Monday. The Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office and FBI investigators are pursuing “any and all leads,” TBI spokeswoman Leslie Earhart mentioned.
Summer’s father, Don Wells, has mentioned he believes the lady could have been kidnapped whereas she was planting flowers outdoors together with her mom and grandmother, WJHL reported.
“She would never leave our hill,” Wells informed the station in an announcement. “I think that someone snuck up on her and grabbed her. I don’t think she’s in the area because the dog goes down to the road and that’s the end of the trail, but I don’t know that for a fact. The way she just disappeared, she would never do that.”
A statewide Amber Alert for Summer was launched on June 16, someday after she was reported lacking by her mother and father. Some 120 businesses from six states have participated in the search as of Sunday, according to the Church Hill Rescue Squad, which is main floor search operations.
“To date, we have covered just over 4.6 square miles with that being over 3,000 acres being searched since [June 15] when she was reported missing,” the company mentioned Sunday. “The rugged mountainous terrain continues to cause problems. This slows search operations down in these areas but rest assured, while encountering these conditions, we are still searching with an aggressive approach with extreme attention to detail.”
After greater than 13,800 search hours, crews are actually “scaling back search operations,” however will proceed on a specialised crew foundation as wanted from native, state and federal businesses.
“Just because we may not be seen as such a large present in and throughout the area, rest assured that we have not quit and won’t quit until we find Summer Wells,” mentioned Church Hill Rescue Squad incident commander Tim Coup.
Hawkins County Sheriff Ronnie Lawson has informed reporters Summer lived at her residence with three older brothers and her mother and father, the Charlotte Observer reported.