48 Hours Pass With No Sign Of Missing Girl
SATSUMA, Fla. – More than two full days have passed since anyone's seen Haleigh Ann-Marie Cummings, and still the Putnam County girl is no where to be found.
Haleigh was last seen at 10 p.m. Monday in bed at her home in the Hermet's Cove mobile home park where she lived with her father, his 17-year-old girlfriend and her 2-year-old brother.
Investigators were told the last person to see the 5-year-old was her father's girlfriend, Misty Croslin, who told investigators that she saw the girl in her bed at 10 p.m. Monday. She told police Tuesday that when she awoke at 3 a.m. to use the bathroom, Haleigh was missing and the back door of the home was open.
Channel 4 was told that that Croslin was interviewed for a second time at midday Wednesday, but authorities said Croslin -- and everyone connected with the family -- was cooperating with authorities.
On Wednesday night, Haleigh's father, Ronald Cummings, made another plea for the safe return of his little girl.
"I'd like to say if anybody's watching and they've seen the picture of my daughter and they've seen her anywhere, please get in contact with local law enforcement officer or Crimestoppers," Cummings said. "I know what happened to my daughter. She came up missing out of my house in the middle of the night. Besides that, no I don't know."
Detectives said they don't know either.
On Wednesday, investigators announced the 5-year-old's disappearance is being treated as an abduction and the active search for the child was scaled back as Putnam County deputies, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the FBI focused on the investigation into what happened to the girl, according to lead Detective John Merchant.
They said everyone, from family members to friends to a repairman who serviced the family's air conditioning unit, is being questioned about in the case.
Police interviewed people who know Haleigh and people who do not. Investigators have even offered lie-detector tests to anyone who would take one.
"Yes, I have taken a polygraph test. Yes, I did pass it," Cummings said.
Detectives said no one is being considered a person of interest in the girl's disappearance, and everyone is still considered a suspect.
Candlelight Vigil Held For Haleigh
For the second time in as many days, friends and family said a prayer and lit candles for Haleigh's safe return.
The missing girl's loved ones have been sitting under a tent just yards away from the home for much of the day as they leaned on each other for support.
"I don't know where she is or who has her. I just want her home," said Haleigh's mother, Crystal Sheffield.
Haleigh's grandmother, Marie Griffiths, told Channel 4 the little girl would never willing go with a stranger, but she still has hope the 5-year-old is alive.
"Haleigh is living and breathing. I don't feel that there's anything that has happened to her bad," Griffiths said.
Investigators have ruled out the possibility the girl may have wandered off in the middle of the night because she's afraid of the dark. However, Haleigh's mother confirmed there was in an incident a few years ago in which the child wandered to a canal near their back yard and was found floating face down.
Sheffield and investigators insist that incident has nothing to do with the current situation.
"Just bring my baby home," Sheffield said on Wednesday.
"She's a baby. She needs her mother, and she needs her family. She don?t need to be out there with strangers if that's where she's at. We want her home. Y'all bring her to her mother if you don?t want to take her anywhere else," Griffiths said.
Authorities ask anyone with any information to call the Putnam County Sheriff's Office at 386-329-0800 or the FDLE's Missing Endangered Persons Information Clearinghouse at 888-FL-MISSING.
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