KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (WATE) – After nine days of searching and over 300 tips, the crews still haven’t found 5-year-old Summer Wells and the terrain only makes the search more difficult.
Emergency search teams from 106 agencies in Tennessee and five other states searched 4.6 square miles, or just over 3,000 acres. Search operations were slowed down by the mountainous terrain as conditions exhaust the crews both mentally and physically. Additional resources at the local, state and federal level are used to bring fresh eyes and rested bodies to research.
âResearch efforts will continue on a more specialized team basis for the remainder of the week. Just because you might not be seeing us in full presence, rest assured once again, we are still looking for Summer Wells, âsaid Ground Search Operations Commander Captain Tim Coup de la Church Hill Rescue Squad. “We won’t stop until we find Summer Wells.”
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said teams were searching online Thursday in the community of Beech Creek where Summer was last seen. They try to comb through every inch of land, especially overgrown areas and fields with tall grass.
In addition, authorities continually urge people to search for a child hiding on their property. Coup says Wells “could be hiding in an area where a legal-sized piece of paper or a folded laptop could go.”
Different teams search the areas multiple times to make sure nothing is missed. Coup says some of the areas have been covered up to six times, “new soil, same soil, different eyes, fresh bodyâ¦ a flat-looking field, there are 100 places (wells) that could fit. hide”.