New twist in Summer Wells' disappearance as mom calls cops on dad after fight

THE mother of a missing five-year-old girl called the cops on her partner over a violent fight in a dramatic new twist.

Bly Wells reportedly accused her husband of physical assault last week as the hunt for their daughter Summer drags into its seventh month.

According to a report from the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office, the mom called 911 to the Wells home residence last Wednesday after being notified of a domestic disturbance.  

As officers were on route, dispatchers said they heard arguments in the background before the line went dead.

When they arrived Bly accused her husband, Donald Wells, of pushing her against a wall and grabbing her by the throat.

The mother added that she thought she broke her left thumb during the alleged assault.

Donald reportedly told Police that the pair had been drinking throughout the night but denied ever harming his wife.

The report added that officers didn’t see any marks on Bly’s neck with evidence that her thumb has been used to put her shoe on.

Police decided not to charge the pair.

The latest incident comes seven months after their daughter Summer went missing from their home in Tennessee on June 15.

The case has been shrouded in mystery as police confirmed that the circumstances around her disappearance remain unclear.  

Investigators began a fresh hunt in November as multiple law enforcement agencies became involved in the case as a $25,000 reward was offered up for information on her whereabouts.

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A month after Summer's disappearance, Charity EquuSearch Midwest joined police efforts to try find the five-year-old.

Authorities at the time reported that despite having received almost 1,000 tips, none of the leads produced any results.

Investigators had been seeking the driver of a red Toyota pickup truck after a witness reported seeing the vehicle in the area around the time that Summer was last seen.

Police said the driver could be a witness and asked them to come forward. To date, the driver has not been found.


The recent incident adds light to Summer’s family situation after Donald Wells appeared on a podcast called "Jay is 4 Justice" last year and admitted his sons had been removed from their home.

The decision came after the family had received threats and accusations of Summer's abduction online.

Donald said on the show: "Right now, with everybody attacking us and all this stuff going on, it’s probably better for them."

He also reportedly said that a lot of people were coming to him and accusing him of various things regarding the disappearance of his daughter.

"I believed that stuff," Donald said. "Like an idiot, I believed it and I flipped out, started drinking, and everything else. And that's why they took our kids."

In the spring, Donald was later arrested for allegedly driving under the influence despite previously insisting he wouldn't allow his daughter's disappearance to drive him back to his old drinking habits.

The Wells family issued a statement on their website dedicated to finding Summer, calling his actions "stupid" and revealing that he'd been out driving in search of cigarettes at the time of his arrest.

Donald was previously arrested on domestic assault charges in 2020, leading Candus to file for an order of protection against him, writing: "I am afraid for my children and myself."

She later asked for the order to be dismissed and the charges against Donald were dropped on April 21 – two months before Summer's disappearance.

Donald and his wife Candus are not believed to be suspects in the case.


Investigators have yet to share any concrete theories about what might have happened to her – although Donald has previously said that the family believes she was abducted.

This has not yet been substantiated.

In July, Donald offered the grim prediction that Summer is no longer alive.

"Statistically speaking, there's a good chance she's already dead," Donald told the Kingsport Times-News. "I hate to think that. I love her with all my heart."

"If nothing else," he continued, "I'll see her in the resurrection. As long as I keep the commandments and do what I'm supposed to do, I'll see her."

Investigators remain baffled by Summer's disappearance – with no current concrete leads or suspicions.

The TBI is asking anyone with information about Wells’ whereabouts to call 1-800-TBI-FIND or contact the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office at 423-272-7121.

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