As investigators continue to search for a missing 5-year-old girl in Tennessee, her father has revealed that Summer Wells is not the first family member to go missing.
An AMBER Alert remains active for Summer Wells, six days after her parents reported her missing. As CrimeOnline previously reported, Summer’s parents have said they believe she left their Hawkins County home through the basement door after she had come inside from helping her mother and grandmother in the garden on Tuesday. It is not clear exactly what time Summer was last seen, but her parents reported her missing Tuesday evening.
Summer’s father Don Wells has said that he believes his daughter was abducted, likely be someone with a vehicle who then traveled with her out of the area. But investigators have kept the search focused locally, in the densely-wooded rural area where authorities have reportedly struggled with weak cell phone and radio service.
In an interview with WVLT, Don Wells revealed that his wife’s sister – identified by WYMT as Rose — went missing from Wisconsin in 2009. Local news reports indicate the missing woman is Rose Marie Bly, who was last seen in Polk County in 2009. Bly was 21 and the mother of two young children when she disappeared.
According to KARE 11, Bly had left home to go visit a cousin who lived a few miles away when she disappeared. Bly’s car was found about 30 miles from her home days after she disappeared. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office revived the missing persons investigation in August 2019, 10 years after Bly vanished, but authorities have developed very few leads in the mysterious disappearance.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said in a social media post that authorities will hold a press conference to share the latest in the search for Summer Wells at 4 p.m. ET.
CrimeOnline will provide further updates when more information is available.