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Small Community Crushed by Child's Disappearance

1:38 AM, Feb 12, 2009   |    comments
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SATSUMA, FL -- Concerns for little Haleigh Cummings spread quickly through out the Satsuma community since Tuesday morning when she disappeared.

Satsuma, a small town with a population around 5,000 people, is a place where neighbors are friends and you hardly meet an unfamiliar face.

"My daughter use to keep Haleigh at the day care center," said Bill Graham, a neighbor.  He said that this is just terrible.

Around town, businesses and neighbors have put up signs praying for the little girl's return.  People around town have volunteered their time, resources, vehicles, and even boats to help in the search.  One man drove down from his home in St. Marys with a trailer of horses to offer police.

However, right now investigators are asking volunteers to hold off and wait while they concentrate closely on the investigation. Still family members are doing all that they can to find Haleigh Cummings.


A family member of Ronald Cummings, Haleigh's dad, has printed up flyers on her home computer.  Elesha Izor, has walked street to street distributing the flyers and taping them to windshields.

"We are doing as much as we can.  As soon as they let us, we are going to search.  We're not going to stop until we find her. I promise you that," Izor said.

Gail Comer, a lifelong Satsuma resident cannot recall the last time an even like this occurred.  She said it has scarred the entire community-- especially the children of Satsuma.

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