Candus Bly, the mother of Summer Wells spoke with WJHL news Monday evening.
“Me and my mother and her were planting flowers, and we went in after we got done washing our hands, and [Summer] got a piece of candy from grandma,” Bly said. “And [Summer] wanted to go back over and see her brothers, and I said, ‘OK,’ and I walked her all the way over to the porch, and I watched her walking into the kitchen where the boys were watching TV. I told the boys, I said, ‘Watch Summer; I’ll be back.’ And within two minutes, I came back, and I asked the boys where their sister was, and they said, ‘She went downstairs, Mom, to play with her toys in the playroom.’ I said, ‘OK.’ And I yelled downstairs for her a couple times, and I didn’t get no answer, which was unusual because usually she always answers me. And so, I went down there to check, and she was nowhere in sight.”
For those following this story, when the story first broke there was not as many details as above. Basically, it was Summer was planting flowers with her mother and grandmother. She asked to go play with her toys in the basement. Her siblings were on the internet. Candus came in the house and called for Summer, she didn’t answer so she went down to the basement and Summer was gone. Don added that the basement door was unlocked.
No one was quite sure about the amount of time between Summer gardening and disappearing from the basement, but according to Candus it was minutes. With that it would seem to me that Summer went down the stairs and right out the door and away from the house. Don stated multiple times that Summer like to be outside, so it would reasonable to assume she sent out the basement door. Candus did not say whether she herself went out the backdoor, which I think I would have done.
What stands out for me is the detail of the time. She says two minutes passed from the last time she saw Summer, but then the reporter asked about the time when they were gardening, and Candus says she lost track of time. I can’t help but think that the two minute time is not applicable. I believe that there was a length of time where no one knew where Summer was. It could be as much as several hours. I think this explains why Summer can’t be found. Someone did not just happen to be there when she walked out of the basement door. I believe, if someone did take Summer it was some time during a several hour window. The authorities may have already realized this and may be whiy so much time and acerage was covered searching for Summer, as they knew she had a big head start.
Candus called Don, who was at work and both of them called 911. While Don was driving home, Candus and neighbors began searching around the house for Summer.
“I feel in my heart that somebody has came up here and took her … has lured her away from here,” Bly said, reports WJHL.
Also, Summer’s short hair has been a topic on social media since she first went missing and Candus explained it had nothing to do with lice, that Summer wanted her hair short like her brother’s and her mom.
There are two Tik Tok videos that are being talked about. The one with Summer playing in the water and the one where she is laying in the back seat asleep on milk jugs. There is speculation that both these videos were taken the day Summer went missing. Many on social media believe that Summer is deceased and not asleep on the milk jug. Now we find out that the grandmother took the photo and also accidentally took a video. In the video you can hear Candus ask the grandma if Summer still had her arm up. Grandma says no, and Candus says, “that’s what I was trying to catch, but” then the video ends.
Many are speculating if there is a red truck behind them. If you enlarge that area you will see that it looks like tote with something inside. Also Candus mentions she was driving a truck that day in her interview. Looking at the back seat it does appear to be a passenger seat in a truck that you can fold down.
Also, Candus says in the interview that they went swimming while they were waiting for a prescription from Walgreens and they were not swimming more than 20 minutes. She made a point to say that there was trash everywhere. I will assume that is because social media has stated they were drinking alcohol and pointed out the Twisted Tea cans that were found on the ground at the spot they had been. The reporter asked if there was anyone else with them and although part of the conversation is beeped out, she is talking about the teen that went with them, and how he asked to go because he didn’t want to be with his grandmother. Bly states she was driving the truck that day.
Also, during the interview, Bly states that she was not living in Wisconsin when her sister Rose Marie Bly went missing. The sheriff confirmed that Summer is Don and Candus’ biological child.
In conclusion, I believe we will find out that Summer was often unacounted for. That is was normal for her to be out of sight for long periods of times and the mother and father had the faith that she would not leave the property, and she was safe roaming the property. I believe Don truly believed that telling Summer there were animals in the woods was enough to keep her from wandering away from the property. So much so that his only conclusion is that “someone bad” took Summer. Candus is also adament about Summer would not leave the property. But, I believe that it is plausible deniability.
People that know this family have spoke of how the children were “wild”. In church, the ministry was often called upon to quiet the children and Don and Candus didn’t seem to notice they were being loud or disruptive. They would apologize for their children when it was brought to their attention, but they just didn’t seem to notice their wild behavior even though they were in the same room with them.
Likely, this was going on at home, too. And although Candus and Don both thought they were watching the children as responsible parents, they were just tuning them out and not hearing nor seeing what was actually going on. I believe they truly believe Summer would not go into the woods, but In the end by using plausible deniabiity and blaming a stranger for her disappearance helps them to not hold themselves responsible. Which is understandable considering what has happened.
It would be interesting to hear if her siblings believed Summer would go into the woods alone or not.