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Authorities in Tennessee Question Misty Croslin's Relative About Haleigh Cummings' Disappearance

12:01 PM, Apr 14, 2010   |    comments
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Authorities have interviewed another one of Misty Croslin's relatives in reference to Haleigh Cummings' disappearance.

Croslin's cousin, Joe Overstreet, 20, of Nashville, Tenn., was interviewed by Florida Department of Law Enforcement agents late Tuesday night.

Haleigh Cummings, 5, disappeared from her Satsuma home in Feb. 2009 while in the care of her former stepmother, Croslin. The case has never been solved. Tuesday, officials pursuing a new tip, searched part of the St. Johns River a few miles from the home.  

Overstreet has been interviewed by police before, but his mother, who said she also is Croslin's aunt, said Tuesday afternoon her family had not heard from police in months.

It's been six months since police contacted her son. "My son is at home, not doing anything, not bothering anyone and people continue to bother him."

But Tuesday night around 11:30, after Overstreet spent the evening with family and friends, he talked with his attorney Shawn Sirgo outside his home for 20 minutes, then the two left in his attorney's car.

They arrived at the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation in Nashville where Overstreet and his attorney were escorted inside. Less than 45 minutes later, Overstreet was on his way home.

"I did get a phone call from an agent in Florida. He asked if I could accompany Joseph to speak with them," said Sirgo.

Overstreet's last interview was four to six months ago, he said, and Tuesday night's was a follow-up and not unexpected.

Sirgo would not say who did the interview, but CNN is reporting that FDLE agents did. 

"They're just doing what their job is - gather all the information they can gather. And we are cooperating to the best of our ability to assist them."

Sirgo said Overstreet is "broken over this," "doesn't know where to turn" and "knows he is being used by people whose story keeps changing," according to CNN.

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Overstreet was in the Satsuma area when Haleigh disappeared, but has no knowledge of what happened to the child, Sirgo said, adding that his client had absolutely nothing to do with the disappearance.

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