Gainsville: Investigators are following up a lead provided by the brother of a missing 5-year-old Putnam County girl that a man came into the room where she was sleeping and took her.
Putnam County sheriff's Capt. Dick Schauland confirmed that officers had received the lead but didn't provide any details except that the boy gave the report to members of a child protection team. Ronald Cummings Jr., was 3 when he was interviewed the week Haleigh Ann-Marie Cummings was reported missing from her Satsuma home.
"Everything they were able to find out from him they are following up on," Schauland said.
According to news reports about the lead, the child said a man dressed in black entered the room.
Haleigh had been at her home with her younger brother and her father's girlfriend on Feb. 9. She was discovered missing early the next day when the girlfriend got up to go to the restroom.
Investigators have received about 1,600 tips in the case of the missing girl.
Officers began the case with a search for the child from the air, on the ground and on the water. Search efforts were later scaled back. Investigators have described the case as a possible abduction but continue to stress they are searching for the child.
Anyone with information on Haleigh can contact authorities at 888-227-TIPS.
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