The cost for the search for Haleigh Cummings who has now been missing for four months is beginning to take its toll on the county as a whole. On Tuesday the Putnam County Commissioners voted to raise the fuel tax by 6 cents per gallon. This incidentally doubles the amount levied by the county.

At the meeting Commissioner Brad Purcell explained that the money was badly needed to maintain infrastructure projects, particularly roads.

There was one interesting aside about the deficit facing Putnam County, and that is the cost of funding the Haleigh Cummings case. Often people do not realize how much it costs to fund an investigation that lasts for months on end. The Commissioners ‘approved the transfer of $164,729 to the sheriff’s office budget from several grants, including $35,000 from the state to help defray costs associated with the search for Haleigh Cummings.’

There have been plenty of leads in the case, but so far all have seemed to be dead ends. Even the press has mostly dropped interest in Haleigh Cummings. There are a few of us though that are committed to following this to conclusion, and I would like to salute Art Harris and TJ Hart for there continued efforts. If it were not for these two people this case would be just a dusty file in a long forgotten file cabinet.

I know that someone out there has information, and I will make a deal, contact one of us. If you are scared of the repercussions, go to an internet cafe, set up an anonymous email account, and talk to us.

I for one am not after retribution, I am for resolution.

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Simon Barrett

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