Girl, 5, vanishes from basement 12 years after aunt went missing

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A little girl remains missing from her family home 12 years after her aunt disappeared.

An amber alert was issued by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) for Summer Wells, 5, after she went missing on June 15 about 6.30pm (local time) from Hawkins County in the US.

“As of Tuesday, June 22nd, teams have searched approximately 3,000 acres, utilising all resources available,” the bureau said.

Summer Wells, 5, is pictured.
Summer Wells, 5, has been missing since June 15. Source: Tennessee Bureau of Investigation

“In addition to air and land searches, ponds and creeks are also being checked.”

Her dad, Don Wells, told WJHL Summer was planting flowers with her mum and grandma before she ran inside to play with her toys in the basement.

Her mum, Candus Wells, called for her, but got no answer.

“So she went down there and she was gone,” Mr Wells told WJHL.

“So she went out the basement door, which was unlocked, and we haven’t seen her since.”

Mr Wells believes Summer was abducted, but the TBI said circumstances surrounding her disappearance remain unclear.

Rose Bly, 21, is pictured.
Summer's aunt Rose Bly, 21, went missing in 2009 and was never found. Source: FBI

Summer’s dad told WVLT in 2009 his 21-year-old sister-in-law, Rose Bly, went missing and was never found.

The TBI said her car was found five days after her disappearance in a car park 48km from her home in St Croix Falls, Wisconsin.

The bureau said there was nothing linking the two disappearances at this stage.

Mr Wells was arrested in October last year and charged with a number of offences including domestic assault.

A diver searches for Summer Wells in Tennessee.
A diver looks for Summer. Source: Tennessee Bureau of Investigation

His wife told police she feared for her own safety along with the children, however she later had the charges dropped.

She had also filed a protection order after the incident which was removed.

Mr Wells told News Channel 11 he and his wife “worked it out” and she apologised.

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