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Search Continues for Haleigh Cummings

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haleighcumming270215.jpg Search teams are back out Sunday, on land and on the water, searching for missing 5-year-old Haleigh Cummings, who disappeared from her home Monday night.

Meanwhile, the rift between Haleigh's family members could be over for the time being.

The family feud could be seen from the first day Haleigh disappeared, when her grandparents on her mother's side questioned stories Haleigh's father, Ronald Cummings, and his girlfriend, Misty Croslin, first gave to detectives when the girl vanished from her Putnam County home.

Croslin told detectives she went to the bathroom, and that when she returned, the girl was gone.

Haleigh's younger brother was also in the same bed with Croslin and Haleigh.

Grandmother Marie Griffis apologized Saturday as both sides came together to celebrate Haleigh's brother's birthday, and to search for the missing 5-year-old.

"We're going to unite for Haleigh, and tomorrow is Junior's birthday," Griffis said. "He'll be 4 years old."

The Sheriff's Office suspended a dive operation Saturday after a dive team turned up nothing related to the case in a thorough, five-day search of the St. Johns River near Haleigh's home.

The Putnam County Sheriff's Office said more than 250 volunteers joined the dozens of law enforcement officers in the search effort Saturday, including members of Texas Equusearch, but did not find anything.

A spokesman said news Friday that investigators discovered items of interest in the home turned out to be false.

Investigators said the family is cooperating with the investigation.

"Everybody is a person of interest," said Chief Deputy Rick Ryan, with the Putnam County Sheriff's Office. "We're continuing the interviews with family members and friends of family members. We're talking to everybody."

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Anne February 16, 2009, 5:33 AM

I submit that the contacts and friends of the father and girlfriend should be further investigated. Perhaps they did pass a lie detector, but something isn’t adding up there. All you need to do is listen, look at their faces and their eyes, and it’s obvious that they are either on drugs or recently have been. Who are their drug buddies?

There was more going on there than meets the eye. What was going on in that trailer while the g/f was there alone with the children? What does the 4 year old have to say? Questioned properly, a 4 year old can speak up!

There are many questions here that need to be addressed. Why was an inept 17 year old with those children when they should have been with their mother? Why was custody given to an illiterate father? DCF, you need to be finding some answers. Did you ever look for drugs in that trailer? Why not? Why did you notify the mother of a court appearance at a bogus address, causing her to lose her children by missing the appearance? Now look what’s happened.

Law enforcement, you maintain that these child disappearances and related crimes nearly always begin in the home. I think if you dig a little deeper you might find the answers you’ve been overlooking.

Anita February 16, 2009, 7:37 AM

I think they really should interview the girlfriend family and friends…IN my opionon the girlfriend done something to that little girl…and she definetly had help if the little girl is found killed..Because she did’nt call 911 when she first learned the girl was fact the father called when he came home…They really need to constrate on the girlfriend she was the last person with the little girl…the police really need to get out there and interview the girlfriends family, friends, and if she ever worked co workers and people she went to school with…they will find the answers with them…I guarantee they will!!!

LYNN February 16, 2009, 2:28 PM

The father and girlfriend are looking more suspicious everyday. Where is the sex offender that is missing? These two had no business having these children, I suspect the children are neglected alot, why was it that the father was not getting the little girl to school on a regular basis? Why didn’t the girlfriend call 911 the moment she realized the baby was gone? When is all this insanity going to stop out there in Florida? Don’t take your children to that State… This poor Baby may be gone forever. I can’t understand why these people kill their babies. Obviously there are other people that would take them and love them. This just blows my mind. I pray that God will watch over these little lives.

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