THERE is now a $25,000 reward for information on the whereabouts of a missing five-year-old after her mom "passed a lie detector test."
Summer Moon-Utah Wells disappeared outside her home in Hawkins County, Tennessee, last Tuesday and a frantic search is still underway in Beech Creek after the Amber Alert was issued on June 16.
A man, who doesn't appear to be related to the family, has since put up a significant reward for any information on her whereabouts after her mom posted about Summer's disappearance on TikTok.
David P. Garrahan of Kingsport sent a $25,000 check to the Kingsport Times-News on Monday as well as a letter, noting that he is "convinced that somebody knows something regarding [her] disappearance."
"Accordingly, I have enclosed a personal check in the amount of $25,000 to be given to the person who provides a tip/information which leads to the discovery/recovery of Summer Wells," Garrahan wrote.
Anyone with information that may qualify them for the reward was urged to call Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office at (423) 272-7121.
Hawkins County Sheriff Ronnie Lawson said he planned to recruit a rescue agency to manage the distribution of the reward and revealed that other donors have shown interest in putting up funding for information.
The news comes after Summer's dad, Donald Wells, confirmed that his wife, Candus Bly, passed a lie detector test about their daughter's disappearance at the district attorney’s office, reported News Channel 11.
“My wife just left the district attorney’s office with the FBI, and she passed her lie detector test,” he told the newspaper.
“Then they told her to hurry down to the command center because they just got a tip, so we’re freaking out right now."
The outlet confirmed this with the Hawkins County, Tennessee District Attorney’s Office.
It comes after a TikTok account manned by a Candus Wells posted a video on June 16 revealing videos of Summer and a missing-person notice.
According to WVLT, identified this account as belonging to Summer's mom and noted that Bly appears to be her maiden name.
"My baby girl mommy and daddy misses [sic] you so much we are searching everywhere for and I won't stop until I find you," reads the text on the video.
A Candus Bly Facebook account also appeared to belong to Wells did not respond to The Sun's request for comment last Thursday.
Summer was spotted on Ben Hill Road wearing grey pants and a pink shirt with no shoes. She is 3-feet tall, weighs 40 pounds, and has blonde hair and blue eyes, according to police.
"Missing five-year-old Summer Wells may now have shorter hair than that pictured in our earlier alerts," noted the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI), tweeting out two comparison pictures of Summer last week.
A family member reported her missing to the sheriff’s office at around 6:30pm, TBI said, and authorities had no update on her whereabouts at a 1pm press conference last Thursday.
An endangered child alert was issued two days before – but this escalated to an AMBER Alert last Wednesday morning.
Beech Creek residents have been asked to double-check any sheds, crawl spaces, potential hiding places, and trail cameras as investigators contend with rough terrain and bad cellphone service.
Balloons, ribbons, and teddies were left in Beach Creek as the community hopes for her safe return.
If you have information about Wells’ whereabouts, call 911 or 1-800-TBI-FIND.
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