Missing Girl's Father To Marry Thursday
5-Year-Old Went Missing Feb. 9
PUTNAM COUNTY, Fla. – A sheriff's deputy arrived at the home of missing 5-year-old Haleigh Cummings and removed the back door -- the same door that was found propped open the night the girl disappeared.
Haleigh hasn't been seen since the night of Feb. 9. Thirty days after she went missing, detectives in Putnam County continued to search for clues or any tips that may lead to answers in the case.
On Wednesday, investigators removed the back door of the Cummings' home. They would not comment on why the door was taken when it was.
The new developments in the case came on the eve of the missing girl's father's wedding. Earlier this week, Ronald Cummings asked his teenage girlfriend, Misty Croslin, for her hand in marriage.
"Last night at Chili's, he got he down on his knees and said, 'Will you marry me?'" Croslin said.
The 17-year-old was all smiles as she and Cummings went to the courthouse on Monday to get their marriage license. She told Channel 4 that although some people may take the news of her and Cummings' engagement the wrong way, "everything is still about Haleigh."
"This is what Haleigh wanted. She has always talked about it, and even if she's not with us, she is still with us," Croslin said.
Haleigh's grandmother, Teresa Neves, took pictures on the evening of the marriage proposal. She said the couple plans to tie the knot because it's what Haleigh would want.
"He feels like he's fulfilling a wish for Haleigh," Neves said.
She said the wedding ceremony would be bittersweet without her smiling granddaughter.
"It's going to be hard. It's an event that Haleigh really should be at, but when she comes home, we'll have a great big wedding so she can be the flower girl and see it all again," Neves said.
The family is almost finished packing up the tent in which they've been camping out for longer than a month. Haleigh's family members said it's just getting by and waiting for the day when it can really celebrate and the whole family again.
"I think Haleigh is going to be very happy when she comes home," Neves said.
Investigators in Putnam County said tips continue to flood in, and they have received more than 3,500 different tips in Haleigh's case, including more than 400 tips from psychics. Detectives said they would continue to follow up on each and every tip they receive.
Anyone who has any information that could help find Haleigh is asked to call Crimestoppers at 888-277-TIPS.
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