Family Of Missing Satsuma Girl Raise Money For Larger Reward
Search For Haleigh Cummings Enters Fourth Week
SATSUMA, Fla. – It's been nearly one month since Haleigh Cummings was last seen, and with time ticking away her family said it's working harder than ever to bring the 5-year-old girl home.
Haleigh vanished from her Satsuma home about four weeks ago. With more than 2,400 leads and tips investigators have said they still have no idea where the missing kindergartner might be.
On Monday, the community came together with the girl's family to raise money for a larger reward.
"Please pray for Haleigh. Please watch and look at every little child you see," said Haleigh's great-grandmother, Annete Sykes.
Not a day has gone by that the missing child's family hasn't been in front of the television cameras making the same plea.
"Unless everyone out there looks and pays attention -- somebody has to know something. All we want is for someone to call in," said Sykes.
The family is hoping that with more money offered in the reward to find Haleigh someone will be compelled to come forward with the tip that investigators have been looking for all along.
From T-shirts to buttons and necklaces, Haleigh's family has been selling anything in can to raise more money and entice someone to come forward.
"We're having a pretty good turnout with people buying T-shirts, of course its getting slow because the story is falling off with the media and people aren't coming out like they were," said Haleigh's grandmother, Marie Griffis.
Last week, the Hideaway Bar and Grill hosted a benefit for Haleigh that prompted more people to get on board in the effort to help her family.
At the Spurs Saloon in Palatka, the owner has begun taking donations at the door.
"I have a 6 year old. If anything ever happened to her, I'd go crazy. So I thought about doing something good for the community," said Miguel Ziolko, of Spurs Saloon. "I think the bigger the reward is someone will step forward with a lead to help find the missing girl."
Until Haleigh is brought home, her family said it would continue to do whatever it has to do to make sure she's exactly where she belongs.
"Please, please have a heart. Bring her home. Bring her back to her daddy and her brother who lover her very much," said Sykes.
Anyone who has any information that could help find Haleigh is asked to call Crimestoppers at 888-277-TIPS. A reward of $25,500 is available for information leading to her recovery or the conviction of anyone involved in her disappearance.
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