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The mother of Summer Wells, a 5-year-old that was reported missing in Tennessee on June 15, appears to have posted a video on TikTok searching for her child.
According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, a statewide Amber Alert went out on Wednesday, June 16, one day after Summer was initially reported missing, to the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office. Currently, the circumstances of her disappearance are unclear, and an investigation and physical search for Summer are ongoing, according to the law enforcement agency.
On TikTok, an account under the name Candus Wells posted a video on June 16 that showed images of Summer as well as a missing person’s notice. WYMT Mountain News reported that Candus Wells is Summer’s mother’s name, although other news outlets have referred to her as Candus Bly, which appears to be her maiden name. The account previously posted videos that appear to show Summer weeks before the disappearance, as well as Wells’ other children.
The on-screen text on the video reads, “my baby girl mommy and daddy misses you so much we are searching everywhere for and I won’t stop until I find you.”
The video has over 86,000 views as of Wednesday.
A Facebook profile that appears to belong to Wells under the name Candus Bly did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment. The TikTok account did not immediately respond to an inquiry.
TikTok has previously been involved in US missing persons’ cases. As Insider previously reported, Arkansas State Police investigated a viral TikTok video that many believed showed Cassie Compton, a woman who went missing in 2014 at age 15. Arkansas State Police later found that the woman in the video was not Compton, Insider reported.
According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Summer has blonde hair and blue eyes, stands three feet tall, and weighs approximately 40 pounds. She was last seen in grey pants and a pink shirt and was possibly barefoot.
The Bureau said in an ongoing Twitter thread that it received over 221 leads regarding her disappearance. The agency is encouraging homeowners in the Beech Creek area of Tennessee to check spaces where a child could hide, and search teams are continuing a physical search.