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Feds review the Haleigh Cummings investigation

7:59 PM, Aug 11, 2012   |    comments
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PUTNAM COUNTY, Fla. -- As a pinwheel spun outside Haleigh Cummings' great grandmother's home in Satsuma, family and friends gathered inside for a candlelight vigil. They prayed for the little girl's safe return and encouraged each other.

"It's been a rough three-and-a-half years," Teresa Neves, Haleigh's grandmother said. "It's hard to know what to say or do."

Tears rolled down Neves' face.

It's been three and a half years since Haleigh vanished in the middle of the night. Investigators questioned her family and family friends, including her father and his girlfriend who was taking care of her the night she disappeared.

No one has been arrested for Haleigh's disappearance, and she has not been found.

"We never get any new news, any morsel of anything," Neves said.

First Coast News has learned that this past spring the Putnam County Sheriff's Office took Haleigh's case file to Washington where various federal agencies poured over every detail.

Hancel Woods with the Putnam County Sheriff's Office said, "We wanted to make sure we hadn't missed anything."

One of the groups that got Haleigh's case is the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit. You may know them through the CBS show "Criminal Minds" which is based on the unit.

"They bring expertise as far as looking at the case from a different angle. They look at behavior and why people do the things they do," Woods said.

But after weeks of federal review, Woods said the federal groups told the Putnam County Sheriff's Office that local investigators had conducted a thorough investigation of the Haleigh Cummings case.

"We were actually hoping for more," Woods commented, "We were hoping for a key clue or a break that would come out of [the federal review]."

He said local investigators did get advice from the feds on what to do next and that the case is still open.

For now, a family prays and wants more.

"We want answers. It's time for answers," Neves said. "Three and a half years is way past time for answers."

If you have any information about the case, call CrimeStoppers at 1-888-277-8477.

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