HAWKINS COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation issued an AMBER Alert Wednesday for a five-year-old girl reported missing from Rogersville in Hawkins County.
Summer Wells is 3-feet tall with blonde hair. She was last seen Tuesday walking near her home in the Beech Creek community wearing a pink shirt and gray shorts.
After Summer was reported missing, the TBI initially issued an Endangered Child Alert, but said Wednesday morning, because of “new information and growing concern,” the agency chose to upgrade that to an AMBER Alert.
Along with the alert, the TBI released new photographs of Summer that the agency said best represented the five-year-old’s current appearance and hair length.
At a news conference Wednesday afternoon, investigators asked people living in the area to check outbuildings and storage sheds for any sign of the missing child.
Hawkins County Sheriff Ronnie Lawson said more than 100 first responders were combing the areas near Summer’s home, which is about 15 miles southwest of Kingsport. He said the area is “very dense, a hard area to search” with very little radio communication possible.
The sheriff also said it was too early to tell if there was any foul play involved in the child’s disappearance, but added that family members have been cooperative.
“We’re going to continue on until we find Summer and put this case to rest,” Lawson explained.
The AMBER Alert lists the following details for Summer.
- Age: 5
- Sex: Female
- Race: White
- Hair: Blonde Eyes: Blue
- Height: 3′
- Weight: 40 lbs.
- NCIC: M476287498
- Missing From: Rogersville, Tennessee
- Missing Since: June 15, 2021
Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to contact the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office at 423-272-7121 or the TBI at 800-TBI-FIND.