Officials ”scaling back” search for missing 5 year old

     The search for Summer Wells entered its 12th day on Sunday, and it appears search efforts will continue “on a more specialized basis.”

     “At this time, we are scaling back search operations. Search efforts will continue on a more specialized team basis as needed and directed from local, state and federal agencies,” Timothy Coup said in a Sunday evening media release. Coup has served as the incident commander of search operations.  “Just because we may not be seen as such a large presence in and throughout the area, rest assured that we have not quit and won’t quit until we find Summer Wells.”

     Summer was reported missing from her parents’ home in the Beech Creek community on June 15. Since then, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has utilized 120 agencies from six southern states and the agency has received nearly 500 tips in the search.  Coup noted there have been 1,150 searchers on the ground who have logged 13,800 hours, searching just over 4.6 square miles of land, some of it rugged, mountainous terrain,

     The TBI is still using local and regional resources, but has also called upon resources from middle and west Tennessee to “bring a fresh set of eyes and rested bodies,” Coup said.

     The TBI also said Saturday that investigators are looking for the driver of a red Toyota pickup truck seen in the area of Beech Creek Road and Ben Hill Road on June 14-15. This person is not a suspect, but a possible witness.

     If you have seen Summer or have any information on her whereabouts, you’re asked to call the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office at (423) 272-7121 or the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND (824-3466).