NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) — Members of rescue teams and volunteer groups have endured sweltering heat and overgrown terrain in their search for missing 5-year-old Summer Wells. But they aren't giving up.
Nearly one week has passed since the child's family reported her missing, prompting the TBI to issue an AMBER Alert in hopes of bringing little Summer home.
One volunteer, Coty Reece, says the search has been tough.
"A lot of the fields are overgrown, you don't know where you're stepping crossing fences," Reece said. "You never know what the next step holds."
But he keeps coming back every single day.
Why? He has a 4-year-old daughter with blonde hair, about the same size as Summer.
"I can't stop thinking, 'What if this was this was her?'" Reece said. "I would want people to be coming back."
The TBI says community members have donated food, drinks, and other items to search teams to help them keep up their strength.
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72 agencies from Tennessee, Alabama, Ohio, Virginia, Georgia and North Carolina have searched 2,400 acres for Summer since Tuesday. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says they’re using all resources to find Summer including the Federal Bureau of Investigation Child Abduction Rapid Deployment Team.
“Summer is still missing, and we are more concerned than ever and desperate to find her,” TBI spokesperson Leslie Earhart shared at a Monday news conference.