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Missing Haleigh Cummings Case Now Treated As Homicide, Says Sheriff

The missing person case involving 5-year-old Haleigh Cummings may finally be coming to a close.  The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday that the Haleigh Cummings case would now be treated as a homicide investigation.   The case took a dramatic turn earlier in the week when authorities were tipped to the possible location of the missing girl’s body.

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office led a search south of Satsuma, Florida, Tuesday that included parts of the St. Johns River.  After searching and dragging the water for three days, little turned up.  However, it has got people who may have been involved in the disappearance of Haleigh Cummings talking.  One of those people, Misty Croslin, her babysitter at the time of the disappearance, was taken from her jail cell (she is currently incarcerated on drug trafficking charges) to the riverside, where she was apparently helping in the investigation in some manner. 

“At this point, I’m comfortable in saying I’m calling it a homicide,” Putnam County Sheriff Jeff Hardy said. 

Hardy told reporters, “People are starting to talk,” he said. “We’re hoping to make an arrest in this case.”  He also noted that they had indentified “one or more persons of interest” but would not go into details. 

Another person connected to the case, Misty Croslin’s cousin, Joe Overstreet, was questioned by authorities Tuesday as well.  Overstreet came under police scrutiny early in the investigation when several people labeled him a “pedophile” and authorities discovered he was in the Satsuma area when Haleigh Cummings went missing. 

Overstreet’s lawyer maintains that his client is being “used by others whose story keeps changing.”

Although police have been reticent about the source of their new leads, Misty Croslin’s grandmother, Flora Hollars, admitted to Nancy Grace on her HLN television show that she had been the one to tip the police where Haleigh Cummings’ body might be found.  Three of Hollars’ grandchildren — Misty Croslin, Joe Overstreet, and Tom Croslin (Misty’s brother) — could potentially be involved, according to the grandmother, although she tearfully attested to Nancy Grace that she did not believe that Misty Croslin had intentionally hurt the child. 

Haleigh Cummings went missing in the middle of the night in February 2009.  Misty Croslin, who was the live-in girlfriend of Haleigh’s father, Ronald, and was babysitting both the little girl and her younger brother.  Sometime between 10 p.m. on February 9 and 3 a.m. on February 10, after Misty Croslin went to bed in the same room just a few feet from the 5-year-old, the child supposedly went missing.  When Ronald Cummings arrived home from work at 3:25 a.m., Croslin told him she could not find Haleigh and that the back door, which was always kept locked, had been propped open with a cinder block.  A 911 call to police at 3:27 a.m. started the investigation that has captured the attention of the nation. 

Answers to questions of what happened that night in February and where Haleigh Cummings might be have been slow in coming but the case looks now as if it may actually be on the brink of breaking…

    2 Responses to “Missing Haleigh Cummings Case Now Treated As Homicide, Says Sheriff”

    1. angelia says:

      and i thought our family had problems these people take the trophy for low life , it hurts to even think how this child suffered maybe with haleigh’s father out in the population those 3 will be dealt with i’m sure all he need to do is ask

    2. Megan says:

      My prayers are with Haleigh, her Daddy, and her grandma. May God with with them all.


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