JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Wednesday marked the two-and-a-half-year anniversary of the disappearance of Haleigh Cummings, the 5-year-old girl who disappeared from her home in Satsuma on Feb. 10, 2009.
There have been many clues and tips since then, but still no word on what happened to her.
Haleigh's father, Ronald Cummings, and her former stepmother, Misty Croslin, are serving prison sentences for drug charges unrelated to Haleigh's disappearance.
Haleigh's family still has hope that she's alive, and they held a prayer vigil once again on Wednesday night in an effort to raise awareness.
Like in years past, Annette Sykes, Haleigh's great-grandmother, said they would be praying for Haleigh's safe return. She said she still believes the young girl is alive.
Ronald Cummings' mother and Haleigh's grandmother, Teresa Neves, said it's the not knowing that hurts the most.
"It's been a really rough two and a half years," Neves said. "It's everything where you get out of bed praying for Haleigh to come home, and you go to bed praying for Haleigh to come home."
Investigators have called Haleigh's disappearance a homicide, but have never found a body. Sykes said she believes Haleigh is still alive, but she just doesn't know where.
And that is enough to give Sykes hope. She says a new detective has been assigned to the case and that she's pleased with the communication he's had with the family and says if anyone can find out what happened to Haleigh, he can.
Next Wednesday, Haleigh would turn 8 years old. The family plans to hold a balloon release to mark that occasion.
Anyone with any information about the Haleigh Cummings case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 888-277-TIPS or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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