Summer Wells, a Rogersville, Tennessee, five-year-old girl has been missing since Tuesday, June 5, 2021. The young, 3ft tall, energetic young girl supposedly went missing from her home. Multiple agencies and organization have come into the area to help with attempting to search for her with no evidence or trace of where she could be.
Looking into this case there have been several red flags for law enforcement to take notice of and quite a bit of family history surrounding the family of Summer. Supposedly on the day that Summer went missing she had gone swimming in a swimming hole with a family friend named Hunter and her family. Hunter has since come forward and stated that, on that day in particular, he had been given alcohol by Summer’s mother, Candus. He stated that Summer had went under water for over a minute, but he was able to get her safely out of the water. He stated that he wanted to come forward because of the possibility of what he called a “second drowning” possibly happening to Summer.
Summer’s mother Candus stated that when the family returned home Summer had been planting flowers in the front yard with her and Candus’ mother. She stated that Summer then went in to wash her hands and got candy from her grandmother. When Summer’s mother Candus asked her brothers where she was, she said that she went to go play with her toys. When Candus called for her daughter and searched the home for her she was unable to find her and stated that the basement door was unlocked, and she believed that someone took her from the residence.
There has been documentation of domestic violence incidents occurring between Summer’s mother Candus and her father Donald. In the reports she stated fear for her life but later decided to not pursue charges. Donald, Summer’s father, is also a registered sex offender having had sex with someone younger than the age of 18. The community has come together in support of the family, however, there have been quite a bit of useless tips that have come in as well leading nowhere. Donald Dotson, a member of the church the family attends, states that he plays a song with his flute for Summer every night and Summer’s Sunday School Teacher, Robin Lane came forward stating that everyone just needs to show love to the family. When the first Crime Stoppers reward in the amount of $25,000.00 was mentioned Candus ran to law enforcement to tell them about a potential tip that she had received. Candus at that time had also initiated two Go Fund Me accounts to cover expenses however they have since been supposedly closed. There was also a prayer vigil on June 25th where the father spoke and asked for forgiveness of his sins after his daughter had gone missing. On July 11th on social media Donald posted that his daughter has to be tied up by someone, or in a creepy basement, and advised that the public should be checking each other’s home. Then on July 13th the father stated on social media that he would see his daughter at the resurrection. One of the things that was also noticed during the interviews was a lack of emotion or feelings observed. Something else also very eerie about the case is that Candus’ sister Rose Marie seems to have fallen off the face of the earth and has been missing as well since 2009.
At this time the brothers of Summer have been removed from the home by the Child Protective Services in Tennessee. Donald states that they were removed due to the constant threats that were coming to the family, however this has not been confirmed by the Child Protective Services. Equusearch, a search team out of Texas states that they are coming to the area to conduct a search for Summer in hopes of locating her. If you have any credible information to help in the search for Summer Wells contact East Tennessee Valley Crime Stopper at 1-800-222-8477.
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