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Post by Wrapitup on Sun Feb 07, 2010 10:18 am

By Larry Sullivan
Published: Saturday, February 6, 2010 1:47 AM EST

On the wall above a desk, a framed photograph features a young girl smiling as she looks at the camera.

It's a constant reminder for the people who work in the office.

This is where investigators, one from the Putnam County Sheriff's Office and another from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, work full-time reviewing clues into the disappearance of Haleigh Cummings, the blonde-haired kindergartener from Satsuma who vanished one year ago.

"It's like our child," Capt. Dominic Piscitello, head of the Major Crimes Unit, said. "We feel the emotional ties to this case as well as the investigative ties."

Informally, the workspace is known as the Haleigh Room.

The small rectangular office in the sheriff's detective division complex reflects the task at hand.

A shelf holds 18 large notebooks with CDs, photos and narratives. These catalog the 5,700 leads the investigation has examined - tips, sightings and even psychic.

Inside one book, a photo shows a man and woman with a young girl.

"Somebody thought that was Haleigh," Piscitello said.

An investiator tracked down the people in the photo and confirmed it was not the missing child from Putnam County.

On the opposite wall is an intricate timeline depicting actions and relationships of those at the center of the probe. In between are computers, files and transcripts.

Haleigh was repofted missing early the morning of Feb. 10, 2009, triggering a massive search and a nationwide criminal investigation. However, no trace of the youngster has been found and the case has turned into a soap-opera like saga with a wedding, a divorce, fights and drug arrests.

Through all the distractions, sheriff's office investigators have continued to locate and pull together more pieces of the puzzle.

Piscitello estimates more than 10,000 man hours have gone into the effort.

Pressure from the case has taken a toll on those working the case, including orders from doctors to rest. But that has not lessened their commitment to seeing it through.

"It will break," he said with conviction. We'll solve it eventually."

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Post by Nama on Sun Feb 07, 2010 10:45 am

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Judy Poppen was sleeping soundly in the early morning of Feb. 10 last year when she was awakened by a commotion around 3 a.m.


"The first thing that woke us up was Misty walking and crying and talking to somebody on the phone," Poppen said of her next-door neighbor, Misty Croslin. "The next thing you know, the police are here, and ... they are in our house, searching. It was like bang, bang, bang."

Life changes slowly in Satsuma, which is fine with the many retirees who, like Poppen, moved here to float away their days fishing the St. Johns River.

But it changed in an instant a year ago Wednesday, when a frantic phone call placed at 3:30 a.m. notified the world that 5-year-old Haleigh Cummings was missing.

"I can't find our daughter," Croslin said to the 911 operator, referring to her boyfriend's daughter. "She was in her pajamas. We were sleeping."

Haleigh's father, Ronald Cummings, spoke with greater urgency.

"I just got home from work. My 5-year-old daughter is gone. I need somebody to be here now," Cummings said. "If I find whoever has my daughter before y'all do, I'm killing them. I don't care. I'll spend the rest of my life in prison. ... I don't care."

The mystery surrounding Haleigh's disappearance remains unsolved.

Haleigh's mother, Crystal Sheffield, along with Sheffield's mother, Marie Griffis, and Cummings' mother, Teresa Neves, gathered Saturday night in Glen St. Mary for the first of two vigils.

Griffis and Neves shared a long hug beforehand. Sheffield sobbed through most of it.

"Somebody must know something. You just don't disappear off the face of the earth," Griffis said before the vigil.

Another vigil will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in Satsuma at the intersection of Tyler Street and Monroe Avenue.

Authorities, meanwhile, say they hope for a breakthrough and have kept up the pressure on key people in the case. Family members have been questioned repeatedly, while inconsistencies in Croslin's account of events have been repeatedly probed.

But authorities decline to say if they know anything more about what happened to Haleigh than they did in the weeks after her disappearance, when thousands of tips flooded in. Among the tips that generated considerable publicity was an allegation that Haleigh died of an oxycodone overdose at a party to which she was taken by Croslin. Another tip was of a possible burial site.

Still, the drama surrounding the case never ebbs for long before some new twist - yet another arrest of a family member, a new rumor, a new conspiracy theory.

But the pure tragedy of Haleigh's disappearance now has evolved into an all-too-real reality show involving hasty marriages, quick divorces, drug abuse and arrests - all played out on the Nancy Grace cable show, morning news programs and blogs.

Cummings is now in jail facing prison time if convicted of charges he sold oxycodone and hydrocodone to an undercover officer on five different occasions.

He is well aware that his image of a grieving father cast in the days just after the disappearance has quickly tarnished.

"Well I know people that got the wrong perspective of me. There ain't nothing that can change it. People are going to think what they want to regardless," Cummings said in a recent interview from jail.

Caring for Haleigh at the time she went missing was Cummings' teenage girlfriend, Croslin. She also is jailed on drug charges and, in recently released recordings from visits with her parents, expresses dread about her potential future imprisonment.

The missing girl's case has left its mark on the residents of Satsuma, a crossroads area of southeastern Putnam County that is a mix of county natives and retirees from northern states or South Florida who have settled into tidy subdivisions of manufactured homes with easy access to the St. Johns River.

The unincorporated community lies a few miles southeast of Palatka, the Putnam County seat and its 73,000 residents.

Poppen, who lives for the winter season in the home next to the one in which Cummings and Croslin lived when Haleigh vanished, no longer feels as safe as she once did.

"Just the uncomfortableness of knowing something like that happened - up until that time we never locked our doors," said Poppen, a Chicago native who has been coming to Satsuma for 20 years. "When I moved in here, I knew everybody here. Now I feel like I have to lock everything or hide everything."

And the case has confounded law enforcement. Why hasn't the person who likely holds the key, Croslin, cracked under the pressure of intense questioning, surveillance and arrest?

"She is very street savvy," Putnam County Sheriff's Lt. Johnny Greenwood said last week. "People have seen her on the news and how quickly she can change her story."

Observers say the travails of the Croslin family are one reason the case holds such fascination for the public - a fascination that has been fed by media attention unprecedented for Putnam County and has both helped and hindered the case.

Croslin's father, Hank Croslin Sr., has been arrested on allegations of doctor shopping to get narcotics. Investigators allege he obtained approximately 300 oxycodone and hydrocodone pills from three different physicians between April and May.

Misty Croslin's brother, Hank "Tommy" Croslin Jr., now sits in jail on drug trafficking charges stemming from the same undercover investigations that led to the arrest of his sister and Cummings.

He has had numerous brushes with the law during the past year. In September, he was charged with stealing a handgun from the home of his parents' former neighbor. In November, he was charged with possessing controlled drugs.

Misty Croslin's mother, Lisa, was arrested on charges of forging stolen checks in Tennessee.

In August, Misty Croslin underwent a polygraph in Orlando arranged by Tim Miller, the head of Texas EquuSearch - a corps of volunteers who search for missing people. Miller said the polygraph showed deceptions in Misty Croslin's statements.

The session was videotaped by Steph Watts, a freelance producer. Watts blogged about the case, drawing considerable comments from readers so attuned to it, they wrote as if they personally know Cummings and the Croslins.

"Haleigh was the thorn in [Misty Croslin's] side as she was the female number one in Ron's life ... no matter what Misty would or could do for Ron ... Haleigh would be first in line and Misty number two," wrote one blog reader.

"It's like we've created this whole society of armchair investigators with shows like Nancy Grace. With the Internet, they've been able to interact quickly, and people feel as if it's given them the right to become part of the case," Watts said.

Another person drawn into the case was Donna Brock. She was an EquuSearch volunteer tapped by Miller to assist with the polygraph. Recent published reports have alleged she was a paid informant for EquuSearch, given thousands of dollars to ply information out of Misty Croslin. But she got so friendly with Misty Croslin that Miller cut his ties with her, various sources have said.

Brock accompanied Misty Croslin to New York for a network morning show appearance, was involved in a road rage incident with her new friend and was among those arrested on drug trafficking charges with her.

Curiosity seekers even visit the areas central to the case. A man now living in the mobile home from which Haleigh disappeared says "crime tourists" often parade by.

Greenwood said the public's fascination with the case has some troubling elements. One man, for instance, has blogged and posted videos on YouTube that lay out elaborate theories and conspiracies about Haleigh. Among his theories are that there is widespread criminal activity surrounding Haleigh's disappearance and that some family members intended to profit off the case.

At first, investigators reviewed the information, but Greenwood said they eased off "when they saw the spin he was putting on was not factual."

Few outward reminders of Haleigh remain in Satsuma. A billboard is still on the short stretch of U.S. 17 that passes through. But signs are no longer up in the few stores in the area, and the Haleigh Bug Center, a clearinghouse and meeting place, closed.

People do remember, though.

"I wish there would be a closing for that. Everyday, somebody mentions that," said Richard Jennings, a co-developer and resident of the subdivision. "I would say the people that were here that were close to that - the people who volunteered with the cooking and all of that - they continually ... it's just a constant. I wish they could put a happy ending to it, but it doesn't seem like that's going to happen."

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Post by CritterFan1 on Mon Feb 08, 2010 9:31 am

It is so sad to read, like reading a really awful soap opera. A year and no answers. Don't care how street smart Misty is, she is weaker than KC, I think if she stays in jail long enough she will crack. All she does is whine, whine, whine. IMO she is a wimp and will break like an egg.
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Post by Wrapitup on Tue Feb 09, 2010 8:00 pm

Where is HaLeigh? One Year Later
Posted on February 7th, 2010
by Jan Barrett

This just in from TJ Hart - Jan Barrett

February 10, 2009 was early morning when 5-year-old HaLeigh Cummings of Satsuma, FL was discovered missing from her home at Hermit’s Cove.

As we approach the one-year anniversary of her disappearance, not much more is really known as to how she vanished and who might have taken her and where she is now.

What is known of that night so far, according to Putnam County Sheriff’s and FDLE investigators is that:

* The girl’s father, Ronald Cummings was at work at PDM in Palatka.
* The girl’s mother was in Baker County.
* The girl’s babysitter-then stepmother-then ex-stepmother Misty Croslin was the last person to see HaLeigh and investigators believe she is the key to this case. They maintain that her stories about the night are inconsistent and conflict with the evidence.

Since that night, a wide number of subplots and sideshows have taken place. Click here for the timeline.

On January 20, 2009, Ronald Cummings and Misty Croslin along 3 others on drug trafficking charges. All remain behind bars at this time. Investigators say the cases are separate from the disappearance of HaLeigh, but they will be asking them a lot of questions about that night while they are in jail. Click here for the drug case links and audio/video.

Apparently drugs have been an issue with Ronald Cummings and Misty Cummings prior to HaLeigh’s disappearance, brought to light early in the investigation by private investigator William “Cobra” Staubs. Click here for audio (R-rated language.

News Talk 97.3 The Sky has confirmed the story that HaLeigh’s mother Crystal Sheffield recently failed a drug test . That was a finding at a family status hearing last Monday. Crystal has been ordered to rehab. Her son, HaLeigh’s little brother Ronald Cummings Jr., remains with Crystal’s family in Baker County. He has been there since shortly after Ronald Cummings Sr. was arrested on drug charges.

For the average person, the cast of characters in this case has been a challenge to follow. Click here for the roster.

Perhaps this investigation into HaLeigh’s disappearance is nearing an end. The mostly tight-lipped Putnam County Sheriff’s Office recently allowed pictures of the “HaLeigh Room” where investigators work the case 24/7. Click here for the photos.

TJ Hart

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Post by Guest on Wed Feb 10, 2010 1:03 pm

This case is so sad, and must be so frustrating for the detectives trying to find Haleigh! It's good to see that they are still actively involved in the investigation, though. I am praying that very soon she will be found!

I'm just wondering if anyone remembers the friend of Misty's that says she heard Misty saying that Haleigh accidentally took some drugs and died? Then she disposed of her body in a swamp somewhere. I think the police investigated it for a bit, but I haven't heard anymore about it. I am wondering if that is still a possibility?
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Post by Wrapitup on Wed Feb 10, 2010 1:12 pm

That was Nay Nay. She wrote that letter while in jail.

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