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Putnam Police: Human Bone Recovered from St. Johns River, Doesn't Belong to Haleigh Cummings

1:30 PM, Jun 21, 2010   |    comments
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PUTNAM COUNTY, Fla. -- The Putnam County Sheriff's Office today released a statement about a human bone recovered during an April 2010 underwater search at the boat ramp on Shell Harbor Road.

The release said a human bone was recovered, but through lab testing it was determined that the bone is most likely that of a Native American.

Mike Warren, a certified forensic anthropologist, said it's not uncommon to find bones belonging to Native Americans in the St. Johns River area due to the large number that once settled there.

Haleigh Cummings disappeared from her father's home in Satsuma in Putnam County in February 2009. She was 5. Searches have turned up nothing in her case. The sheriff's office said Haleigh's case is still considered an active criminal investigation.

"Just because we have not found it now, doesn't mean we won't in the future," said Putnam County Lt. Johnny Greenwood.

If you know any information that could help investigators, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-277-TIPS (8477). You can remain anonymous and could receive a cash reward.

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