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Haleigh Cummings Disappearance: Two Years Later

2:33 PM, Feb 9, 2011   |    comments
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SATSUMA, Fla. -- Today marks two years since Haleigh Cummings was last seen.

In the early morning hours of Feb. 10, 2009, the 5-year-old girl was reported missing from her father's home.

Today, the Putnam County Sheriff's Office offered a reminder that the case is still active, and investigators still believe the answers rest with those closest to Haleigh.

Her father, Ronald Cummings, and his girlfriend at the time, Misty Croslin, have been interviewed countless times in the past years.

Sheriff Jeff Hardy said from the beginning that he believes Croslin, who was babysitting Haleigh the night before she was reported missing, holds the key, yet continues to provide "contradictory statements."

After thousands of hours of investigating, the sheriff's office has concluded that she was likely taken by someone close to her, not a stranger.

Last year, Croslin, though her attorney, said a cousin took Haleigh, though that lead led nowhere.

The last major action in the search for answers came in April, when Misty's brother Tommy Croslin spoke to his grandmother on the phone from jail, where he was being held on unrelated charges.

In that call, Croslin and Flora Hollars talked about the night Haleigh vanished, saying she had taken a pill that was her father's, and it killed her, so they called their cousin, Joe Overstreet, to help get her body out of the house.

Investigators spent three days searching around a nearby boat ramp, but turned up no new leads.

Hardy has told the family that Haleigh is most likely dead, but has also promised to continue investigating.

First Coast News

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