Justice Coalition Increases Reward In Haleigh Case To $35K
Mother, Father Of Missing Girl Make Tearful Plea For Her Return
SATSUMA, Fla. – It has been 29 days since 5-year-old Haleigh Cummings disappeared from her home in Satsuma.
The kindergartner hasn't been seen since the night of Feb. 9, when her father's now-fiancée put her to bed. When the woman awoke at about 3 a.m. to use the bathroom she noticed Haleigh was gone.
The past four weeks have been agonizing for the missing girl's family. They set up camp in tents near the home from where Haleigh disappeared as law enforcement officers converged on the home and surrounding area for clues to what happened to girl.
Thousands of tips have poured in to detectives and investigators said they have checked out hundreds of leads and tips in the case, including multiple false sightings of the missing girl.
Search teams, including cadaver dogs, volunteers on foot and on horseback, helicopters and those using different types of sonar technology, have taken part in the search.
For weeks, a large reward has been up for grabs for anyone with information leading to the 5-year-old. Still, there has been no sign of Haleigh.
On Tuesday, the Justice Coalition added $8,490 to the reward for Haleigh, bringing the total reward amount to $35,000.
"It's not all about the money. It's all about doing the right thing. Even if it means that you have to be held accountable for your actions, do the right thing," said Justice Coalition executive director Ann Dugger. "If you know something, anything about this case, now is the time to pick up the phone and call Crimestoppers ? It may be your friend. It may be your neighbor, your relative or even your child, but if you know something, do the right thing today."
She said the family, community and the state all cry because of the lack of answers in Haleigh's disappearance.
Haleigh's father, Ronald Cummings, spoke to the crowd and television cameras at the news conference through tears, saying, "Please, if you have my daughter, bring her home. Please. All I want is Haleigh. That's all I want. Please, Haleigh know that I love you. I love you very much. We will find you. God will bring you home."
The missing girl's mother, Crystal Sheffied, was overcome with emotion and found it difficult to speak.
"Haleigh, if you're out there, Mommy loves you and your Daddy loves you. Whoever has her, please just bring her back," Sheffield said.
Anyone who has any information that could help find Haleigh is asked to call Crimestoppers at 888-277-TIPS. A reward of $35,000 is available for information leading to her recovery or the conviction of anyone involved in her disappearance.
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