Canine Teams Search Around Haleigh's Home

Family Releases Video, New Photos Of Missing 5-Year-Old

SATSUMA, Fla. – Several teams of dogs specially trained to find human remains search Thursday in the area around the Putnam County mobile home park where 5-year-old Haleigh Cummings disappeared on Feb. 10.

Nine Putnam County deputies and seven canine teams, some from a non-law-enforcement group called Canine South, were searching "to insure that no possibility is overlooked in the search for Haleigh."

For the first time in the 17 days of searching for the missing girl, Haleigh's family hopes this search comes up empty.

"We have to keep the faith that my granddaughter is alive. So to think those dogs will find her out there ... I don't think they will," Marie Griffis said. "I have faith that God will bring my baby home. If you give up that hope and that faith, then you really have nothing."

After 10 days of nearly continuous searching for the missing girl turned up nothing of significance, the sheriff's office had said they would only do additional searches in response new leads.

Putnam County Capt. Dick Schauland said Thursday's search was not prompted by any specific information, "but as a routine procedure that has proven itself in other missing child cases."

Schauland said that Sheriff Jeff Hardy and other investigators continues to hope that Haleigh is found alive and in good health.

Also Thursday, Misty Croslin, the 17-year-old girlfriend of Haleigh's father who was the last person to see the girl, was seen driving off in a car with a Putnam County detective. Later in the day, other detectives talked with Haleigh's father, Ronald Cummings, inside the double-wide mobile home that has been considered a crime scene since the girl disappeared.

Putnam County officials had said it was normal to reinterview family and acquaintances during the course of the investigation.

Almost from the beginning, investigators said they believed she was abducted.

Anyone with information about Haleigh's disappearance should call 888-277-TIPS or the FDLE's Missing Endangered Persons Information Clearinghouse at 888-FL-MISSING.

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