Sunday, February 15, 2009

Haleigh Cummings – The Search Continues

It's been almost a week since Haleigh was reported missing. She was last seen in her father's Satsuma, Florida trailer about 10 p.m. Monday.

Ronald Cummings' girlfriend was the last person to see Haleigh alive. She told police she noticed the child was missing when she got up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom.

The initial reports indicated the girlfriend, 17-year-old Misty Croslin, had been sleeping next to the girl. Croslin now says that she had been sleeping beside Haleigh's younger brother. Croslin said Haleigh was in her own bed when she went to sleep. Croslin awoke hours later and found Haleigh was gone.

There was no sign of forced entry and the back door to Cummings mobile home held open by a brick.

Haleigh's father, his girlfriend, and the child's mother are all cooperating with the investigation. Investigators do not have any suspects but, they have not ruled anyone out.

Each person who is interviewed has the chance to take a lie detection test that includes dozens of sex offenders who live nearby. Both Cummings and Croslin passed the polygraphs.

Several objects deemed "items of interest" found by searchers on Friday are not related to Haleigh's disappearance according to the Putnam County Sheriff's Office.

Officials have suspended the dive searches in the St. Johns River, but air and ground searches will continue.

Haleigh’s maternal grandmother, Marie Griffis, believes Haleigh is still alive and regrets criticizing Cummings and Croslin earlier during a TV interview.

"I'm too old to be criticizing the two, because they're still babies," she said, referring to 25-year-old Cummings and 17-year-old Croslin. "I feel maybe I've done some damage to Misty's heart, and I can't live with myself for doing that.

"The Lord knows that I want to apologize ... and I want to do it face to face," Griffis said.

Griffis' daughter, Crystal Sheffield, is Haleigh's biological mother.

Every interview with family members show how distraught they are - nothing like what we've seen with Casey Anthony.

Orlando Sentinel


Anonymous said...


gale shea said...

I hope & pray she is found alive. It seems to me that she was taken by someone she knows.

Anonymous said...

hey everybody that contributes to this blog,,,, I have been a loyal reader since Spector one. Your blog keeps getting better, and better and better! Thanks for keeping readers up to date in crime. Enjoy the variety of contributors and stories. Thanks, you all are working together and it is making an informative blog. Sprocket, good job with Spector 2. You have thick skin, dont know how you keep up with the critcs. Appreciate it!

Anonymous said...

Thanks Sprocket for all the info on Spector 2, so disappointed that it wasn't televised,but you make us feel like we're right there. I hope they find Haleigh, I live in Fl. and take care of my 4 yr.old granddaughter, this stuff makes me nervous. I am a very sound sleeper, hence we have a dog. Wonder if they have any pets? Wonder if the locks were ever changed on the rental? Thanks again. Lisa

katfish said...

This case seem to be moving onto the next "stage" now that the ground search is wrapping up. Concentrating more on investigation and timelines? Very disappointing there have been no leads. Rips your heart out.