The wells family will observe their missing daughter Summer’s 6th birthday next week in private, most likely at church, according Summer’s father Donald Wells.

Summer’s 6th birthday is Feb. 4.

She was reported missing from her home in the Beech Creek community of Hawkins County on the evening of June 15.

Donald told the Review Tuesday that there has already been an observance for Summer’s birthday among friends in North Carolina, but it was held privately to avoid an onslaught of YouTube video producers and other media.

“I personally didn’t go because I had to work,” Donald said. “I was just was so afraid that there was going to be a bunch of YouTubers there so I didn’t want to go.”

He said the birthday observance didn’t mean as much without Summer beng there.

“Neither one of us went,” he said.

Donald said he’s not aware of any public observances on Summer’s birthday.

“I would rather just celebrate it in church versus anywhere else — in the church that she loves,” Donald added.

Hawkins County, TN

Jan. 25, 2022

“Running and laughing with a big smile”

Donald shared with the Review a dream he had recently about Summer.

Donald: “I was like a drone or something. It was kind of odd. She was just running in some Johnson grass and it was a beautiful summer day. She was running and laughing with a big smile on her face like she always does. I just kind of flew by her and was looking back, kind of looking down on her a little ways from a distance. I was like a drone or something. It was odd. But it was beautiful. That beautiful smile of hers. It brings tears to my eyes thinking about it.”

He said he has no idea what that dream meant but he’s had three dreams about summer recently and each of them were beautiful, but the dream of her running in the grass recalled happy times in their lives.

Alcohol fueled domestic complaint

The Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office responded to an alcohol fueled domestic complaint last week at the residence of Donald and Candus Wells.

No charges were filed and both were referred to the clerk of courts office for private prosecution.

HCSO Hunter Newton stated in his report that on Jan. 19 at 12:27 a.m. he responded to the Wells residence on Ben Hill Road in the Beech Creek community after Candus, 39, called 911 claiming she’d been hit by Don, 57.

Candus stated that Don grabbed her by the throat and pushed her against the wall. Candus stated she believed her left thumb was broken.

She also stated both she and Don had been drinking and that she is afraid of Don.

Don told Newton they had been arguing, but he “didn’t lay a hand on her”.

“Don also stated that when he arrived home between 7-8 p.m. Candus had already been drinking,” Newton stated in his report. “While in the house Candus spoke with Don without any fear. She also used her left hand to put on her shoes, and while in her mother’s camper used her left thumb to flick a cigarette.”

Newton stated that he didn’t notice any marks on Candus’s neck or swelling to her thumb, and Hawkins County EMA responded to the home, examine Candus, and determined her thumb wasn’t broken.

Three sons belonging to Don and Candus were removed from the home by the Department of Children’s Services shortly after Summer’s disappearance. The reason the boys’ removal wasn’t reported publicly.

Reward fund update

As of the latest report last week the Summer Wells Reward Fund total was $73,705.90.

This total is from the two large ($25,000 and $10,000) donations of $35,000 at the beginning of the reward fund to open and start the reward fund. The remaining $38,705.90 is from the contributions that were made either directly to the bank and/or mailed to our the Church Hill Rescue Squad.

The following are the two ways that donations can be made to the reward fund:

1. Donations can be directly taken to any Civis Bank Branch in Rogersville, and Sneedville.

2. Checks or Certified Checks can be mailed to the following address and will be directly deposited to the reward fund account: Church Hill Rescue Squad, PO Box 704, Church Hill, TN 37642

Summer’s June 15, 2021 disappearance prompted 13 days of intense searching by more than 1,000 rescuers who covered 4.6 square miles surrounding her home, followed by months of intense investigation by the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, and Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Anyone with information abut what happened to Summer Wells or her whereabouts is asked to call 1-800-TBI-FIND.

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