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Family Remembers One-Year Anniversary Of Haleigh's Disappearance

11:25 AM, Feb 8, 2010   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It has been a year now but the pain for family members of Haleigh Cummings is unchanged.  

Like so many nights during the search for Haleigh, both sides of her family, relatives of father Ronald Cummings and mother Crystal Sheffield, lit candles and prayed together this weekend.

"It's positive, nothing negative...there's enough negativity that surrounds her," says Haleigh's grandmother Marie Griffis. 

"Not knowing if she's somewhere cold or hungry or what's going on, it's been one year and it brings back all the memories of the night she went missing," said Ann Dugger with the Justice Coalition.

Sheffield lives in Baker County where the vigil was held. Her son, Haleigh's brother, Ronald Junior, has recently started living with Sheffield and that has helped.

"Having her son home has helped her more than anything. The day she got him home, her spirit was uplifted. She got color in her face. She said, 'Momma, I can sleep some now," said Sheffield.

Those at the vigil Saturday night prayed that the mystery hanging over their lives might be solved soon before another year passes.

There will be another vigil Wednesday night at 5:30 to mark the night Haleigh disappeared. It will be in Satsuma at the corner of Tyler Street and Monroe Avenue.

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