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Family, Friends Gather for Haleigh Cummings Vigil

1:40 PM, Apr 13, 2010   |    comments
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SATSUMA, Fla. -- Family and friends, along with the Justice Coalition, have gathered in Satsuma for a public candlelight vigil to remember Haleigh Cummings. The vigil began at 6 p.m. in the same neighborhood she vanished from one year ago.

At the vigil, which is at the corner of Tyler Street and Monroe Avenue, the FBI Citizens Academy Alumni will be set up to offer free child identification kits. Included in the kits is everything you need to take inkless fingerprints, cards for detailing a child's physical description, a place to keep a recent photo and an easy to use swab to take and store a small DNA sample.

Ronald Cummings lived in a trailer with his girlfriend, Misty, a year ago when the girl disappeared. Deputies made the trailer off-limits for weeks, and her family never moved back into the home in the Satsuma neighborhood near Highway 17.

Misty's brother, Tommy Croslin, and her father, Hank Croslin Sr., lived about 100 yards away in the same neighborhood.

But neighbors say Hank Croslin Sr. moved out last Saturday, leaving behind some broken furniture and toys on the road.  The seven neighbors First Coast News talked to Tuesday said they were glad all the relatives are gone.

"They were a nuisance to the neighborhood," said neighbor Stephanie Santos. "They were very scary to the kids."

Several other neighbors didn't want to be named or talk on camera.

Croslin Sr. was arrested last November and charged with doctor shopping, or getting the same prescription medication from several different doctors. He is out of jail on bond.

Tommy Croslin, Misty Croslin and Ronald Cummings are still in jail on drug charges. A Putnam County Sheriff's Office spokesman says their drug case is not connected to Croslin Sr.'s case.

"If they were into their own issues and all that, the girl doesn't have to be a victim," said Gerald Santos.  "It's just a terrible tragedy."

Haleigh Cummings hasn't been seen since she went to bed at her father's home on Green Lane in Satsuma on the night of Feb. 9.  Early the next morning, Misty Croslin, Ronald Cumming's girlfriend at the time, called 911 to report Haleigh missing.

Investigators believe foul play is involved in Haleigh's disappearance.  The Putnam County Sheriff's Office believes it is unlikely a stranger is involved.  Authorities believe someone who knows Ronald or Misty had something to do with Haleigh's disappearance.

Investigators have followed up on more than 5700 leads, conducted more than 70 formal interviews, and checked out more than 600 false sightings of Haleigh across the country.

If you have any information on Haleigh Cummings, call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-277-TIPS.  There is a reward of $35,000 for information.  You don't have to leave your name.

First Coast News

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