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Cummings' Brother's Story Corroborates One Police Theory

5:23 PM, Sep 23, 2009   |    comments
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PALATKA, FL -- Police say Hank Croslin's story about going to his sister's home hours before Haleigh Cummings disappeared and finding no activity in the house, corroborates one of their theories about what happened that night.

Detectives say Croslin, Misty Cummings' brother, told them Cummings' husband and Haleigh's father, Ronald, called and asked him to check on Misty since he lived down the street. He says Ronald Cummings was at work and said he couldn't get in touch with his wife.

Croslin says he stopped by the mobile home around 9:45 p.m., Feb. 9. But detectives were told no one came to the door. Cummings has said she awoke at 3 a.m. the next morning and found that 5-year-old Haleigh had disappeared from the Satsuma home.

Cummings says she may have been sleeping at the time, according to Robert Fields, her attorney. Fields added that Croslin could also be wrong about the time of his visit.

"Trying to nail a time line down is one of those greasy pig issues," Fields says. He says currently his client is visiting Universal Studios.

Detectives spoke with Misty over the weekend, but would not reveal what was discussed. 

Maj. Gary Bowling of the Putnam County Sheriff's Office said Hank Croslin's story marks the first time anyone has said they were at Misty and Ronald Cummings' home after 7:30 p.m.

"It is surprising that someone would hold that information," Bowling said.

But Misty Cummings is sticking by her story, telling investigators she was at home with Haleigh and Ronald Cummings Jr., who was 3 at the time. She says she was washing a blanket about 10 p.m.

29-year-old Greg Page of Palatka says he was with Misty Croslin Cummings days before Haleigh's disappearance. However, he told First Coast News Wednesday that he has not spoken to Misty since Haleigh disappeared and he has no idea what happened to the little girl.

Investigators have interviewed Page regarding the Haleigh Cummings' case.

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