UPDATE (5:55 p.m. CT): FOX6 News’ report on missing 5-year-old Summer Wells prompted the campaign to find the girl’s remains to hit its goal of $50,000 and the campaign now stands at $58,000.
Little Summer Wells’ parents did not know how to reach out to their community, said Brad Bruski, the president of All Day Breakfast who’s leading the campaign.
Friday, the $50,000 goal was hit, and the $60,000 goal just three days later. You can donate to the reward fund or find out how to save the money here.
Two people are considered “persons of interest” and are in custody. Both would like to reveal what happened to the missing girl, while the state police continue to assist.
So far, more than 100 law enforcement personnel, more than a dozen K-9 units, numerous storm investigators, and five search trucks from different agencies have been at the location during their search for Summer Wells, FOX6 News’ Susan Hendricks reported.
Summer Wells’ family and friends are still hoping for answers.
“This is a spot that should have never been mentioned by them. This is an area that’s extremely dangerous,” said Kaylie Somerville, Summer Wells’ cousin.
Summer Wells is 5 years old. This was the last time her family saw her. They had no idea she was missing. On April 23, a friend let a visiting family member know Summer Wells was going to stay a bit longer with her. That’s when she disappeared.
“Our most tragic loss was our first niece and always will be,” said Denise Wells, Summer Wells’ grandmother.
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After more than one week of searching, officials have not ruled out any circumstances including a kidnapping.
Hundreds of volunteers are continuing to help in the search for Summer Wells. They were at the park on Tuesday.
Dozens of agencies participated in the search this week. Some even brought in part-time dog trainers to assist with the search.
They’ve enlisted the help of special needs children, two of whom traveled from the Quad Cities to help search.
“It was really important for me to help in any way that I could, and i know she’s in a better place,” said Brandon Marks, a special needs child from the Quad Cities.
Officials say the search area is between 54th and 58th streets north. It is roughly five to six blocks in length.
Saturday will mark 11 days since Summer disappeared.
All Day Breakfast, a nonprofit feeding program, is setting up a benefit for Summer Wells. It will be held from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at G’s Bar and Grill on Locust Street. That location is close to the Park Center at the corner of 51st and Locust streets.
To show your support, FOX6 News is teaming up with All Day Breakfast to provide 50 food vouchers, one per family of four for All Day Breakfast.
A family of four would get 50 free food vouchers to enjoy All Day Breakfast on Saturday at the Park Center.
On Thursday evening, the campaign hit its halfway point.
The campaign had raised nearly $40,000 as of 5:45 p.m.
The girl’s parents attended a vigil in Madison, on Thursday night. Summer Wells’ father, had other members of the family, including her uncle, walk in the vigil.
By 7:00 p.m., officials were expected to hold a news conference to provide an update on the investigation.
Police earlier in the day said they have spoken to at least two men seen on surveillance video near a Milwaukee park where Summer Wells was last seen. The men were seen entering an apartment building. Police have not said how old the men are or what led them to the apartment building.
A suspect has not been arrested.
Summer’s parents, Jamie and David Wells, said they did not see the men, but police have detailed what they saw.
“A group of black males came down the stairs toward us and started talking to our son, talking about a the child, telling him to take care of it, to stop chasing around,” David Wells said.
Summer was last seen around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday April 24, at the Prospect Park playground off of 44th Street and Chambers Avenue.
The search has led officials to the north side of the city, near 19th Street and Locust Street. The area is not far from where her grandfather lives