NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- An emotional Joe Overstreet, a cousin of Misty Croslin, broke down today, saying he does not know what happened to Haleigh Cummings.
Overstreet, 20, was interviewed about the disappearance of Haleigh in Nashville late Tuesday night by Florida Department of Law Enforcement agents. Earlier Tuesday, several police agencies had resumed searching a stretch of the St. Johns River south of the Satsuma home where Haleigh was last seen.
The 5-year-old disappeared from the home in Feb. 2009. Croslin, Haleigh's former stepmother, was caring for her the night she vanished. The case has never been solved.
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In an interview today with First Coast News, Overstreet, who lives in Nashville, accompanied by his mother, Tina Overstreet, and his attorney Shawn Sirgo, discussed the ordeal.
Tina Overstreet said her son mainly stays at home these days, not doing much because of the emotional toll the case has had on him.
Overstreet was in Satsuma for vacation and planned to leave the day Haleigh was reported missing, he said, but some have speculated that his departure seemed suspicious and sudden.
Overstreet said today that he helped pass out fliers with Croslin, alerting the public to the missing child, and contributed flowers to a memorial for her.
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Overstreet does not remember any specific interactions with Haleigh, but said he did see her a couple of times during his visit.
He described the interview Tuesday night as not long and very professional. Law enforcement officials, Overstreet said, did not seem to be on a "witch hunt." It was the third time he had been interviewed since the investigation began.
Sirgo said today he believes the investigation is coming to a head. Many making comments about the case don't have all the facts and are only seeking the limelight, he added.
First Coast News