During the summer, many people go out to the wells to drink water. Many believe that drinking water from wells will make them healthier. However, the water in wells has been known to have harmful contaminants. This is why the wells must be properly regulated and maintained.
Endangered Child Alert issued
Throughout the three weeks that Summer Wells has been missing, there has been little information on what happened to her. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has not confirmed an abduction, but investigators are following all leads and trying to find Summer. The 5-year-old is reported to have a blonde hair and blue eyes. She was last seen walking near her home in the Beech Creek community in Rogersville, in Hawkins County.
Summer was last seen wearing a pink shirt and gray shorts. Her father, Donald Wells, told reporters that he was at work when Summer went missing. He believes that she was abducted.
Summer’s parents have been praying for her safety. They have not heard from her since Tuesday night. They went downstairs to look for her. Neither her grandmother nor her mother know what happened to her. They are not sure how she got out of the house.
Search hampered by terrain
Efforts to locate Summer Wells have been hampered by mountainous terrain, dense thickets and foliage, and the lack of cell service. As a result, search crews have been able to cover a measly mile from Summer’s home, but a thorough search of the area would require an extra day or two. Fortunately, they’ve been aided by aerial support from the Tennessee Highway Patrol and aerial aviation search crews.
The best part is that the search will continue on a much more refreshed crew. Despite the challenges, the TBI and the local EMA are planning on covering roughly 1,000 acres of land by the end of the week. Aside from the aforementioned stipulations, they will also be using a slew of specialized search crews, some of which are from the local area.
During the investigation of Summer Wells’ disappearance, her family and the community of Hawkins County created memorials to help with the search. The community worked to build a prayer garden at a local church. It is surrounded by balloons and flowers. A poster states that a vigil will take place if she is still missing by June 15, 2022.
The Church Hill Rescue Squad set up a reward fund in June 2021. Crews from across East Tennessee joined the search. The Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office worked 365 days on the investigation. Eventually, the reward ballooned to $74,000.
The search for Summer Wells spread into the mountains of Hawkins County. The Sheriff’s Office said they had received more than 1,000 tips. However, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) has repeatedly reported no evidence of abduction.