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Attorney: Police Believed They Could Crack Misty

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PUTNAM COUNTY, Fla. -- After taking Misty Croslin to the dock where divers scoured the St. Johns River for clues in the Haleigh Cummings investigation, the Putnam County Sheriff said he believes the teenager still holds information that is key to solving the case.

Ronald Cummings, Haleigh's father thinks Croslin may know more as well, according to Cummings' attorney, Terry Shoemaker.

"He's still hoping that if Misty did know something -- and it appears she did -- he's hoping it was something she was forced to do, threatened to do, and that's why she wouldn't talk to him," Terry Shoemaker said.

Shoemaker spoke to First Coast News this weekend about his client.

Like Croslin, Cummings is in jail on un-related drug charges. The two are accused of prescription drug trafficking.

Months ago, Cummings' mother said he may have done those crimes to get close to Misty after the divorce, in order to learn what happened to Haleigh.

This weekend, Cummings' attorney shed new light on the relationship.

"The police always said, 'If you divorce Misty, we'll find something out. She'll crack.' They've told him, 'If Misty got in trouble, in jail, we could probably get her to crack,'" Shoemaker said.

Misty's grandmother, Flora Hollars said this week that Misty and her brother, Tommy, have cracked. Hollars said they told her what happened to Haleigh.

Hollars says the two Croslins told her that their cousin, Joe Overstreet, took and killed Haleigh.

Published reports say it was all over a fight with Ronald Cummings about a gun.

Overstreet, who lives in Tennessee, maintains his innocence. He said he does not know what happened to Haleigh.

Shoemaker said he and Cummings "have spoken about that. I don't feel comfortable getting into anything that could interfere with law enforcement's investigation at this time."

Haleigh disappeared from her home in Satsuma in February 2009. Misty Croslin was babysitting her and her younger brother at the time while Cummings was at work. Croslin said then that she woke up in the middle of the night and Haleigh was gone.

In a November interview with First Coast News, Cummings stood by Croslin, who was his wife then. During the interview, she claimed she did not know what happened to Haleigh.

So is Cummings angry with her now? Shoemaker said no.

"There's not anger. There's disappointment that she didn't feel she could come forward and tell him what may have happened that night -- if she in fact knew," Shoemaker said.

For now, Cummings remains in jail waiting for answers about what really happened to his daughter.

First Coast News

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