POLICE have issued a heartbreaking update as the tragic search for a five-year-old girl reaches the two-year mark.
Officials continue to search for little Summer Wells, who disappeared from her home in Rogersville, Tennessee on June 15, 2021 while planting flowers with her grandmother.
Summer’s family released a heartbreaking tribute video Thursday, praying for her safety and thanking everyone who helped with the search.
“She has become a state, national and global child representing all missing children,” the caption reads Video reads.
“Today it is 2 years since she went missing. Please continue to pray that she is found safely soon.”
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children created an age series to show what Summer, now seven, would look like after two years of changes.
There have been no reported sightings of Summer since her last visit.
Her father Don was released from prison earlier this year after being arrested for intoxication on October 30, while mother Candus is being treated for a heart condition.
While the public opinion court was against the family, it claimed that a kidnapper broke into the home and stole the five-year-old.
“I know in my heart and in my mind that she was kidnapped,” Don said NewsNation.
“Someone snuck up there and we weren’t paying close attention. And we don’t know if they came down to the basement and grabbed her, or if she came out of the basement and went to her swing set or something.”
However, no evidence has been publicly disclosed to support this assumption.
Shortly after Summer’s disappearance, it was revealed that both parents had criminal records.
Don was arrested for domestic violence in 2020, prompting Candus to seek a protection order against him.
However, she later petitioned for the order to be overturned and the charges were dropped two months before Summer’s disappearance.
Both parents were sentenced to and passed a lie detector test as part of the investigation into Summer’s disappearance.
They were never named as suspects.
The Wells said they moved from their small community of 5,000 because of the threats and harassment they received.
A neighbor said he thought he heard a scream about an hour before Summers disappeared.
“I wish every day that when I heard that scream, I wouldn’t try to dismiss it,” said JodiSue Brown, a 10-year resident.
Local officials claim they don’t suspect foul play, but don’t rule out anything.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is working with multiple agencies to search for the girl and promises the search has never ended.
The FBI has conducted over 200 interviews since her disappearance and has urged anyone who is spreading misinformation about the search online to shut down the local ABC affiliate KNOWN reports.
Summer was last seen around 6pm wearing gray trousers, a pink shirt and could have been barefoot.
Anyone with direct and concrete information is asked to contact TBI.