Our good friend TJ Hart of The Sky 97.3 has just sent me this update about the Haleigh Cummings case. Simon

On June 4, 2009, The Florida Department of Law Enforcement hosted a roundtable including the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office and other agencies on the abduction of a 5-year-old Satuma girl with the intention of holding a second such meeting in 30 days if the case was not solved by then.

That date has come and gone with no resolution in the abduction of Haleigh Cummings and no second roundtable has been planned.

“No second FDLE roundatable has taken place yet, but we do talk to FDLE nearly every day on this case,” said Lt. Johnny Greenwood with the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office in an interview with me on 97.3 The Sky Friday afternoon.

The first roundtable meeting nearly a month ago produced the surprising information that several pieces of evidence previously gathered by techs had not yet been analyzed.

Haleigh Cummings was last seen between 8pm and 10pm February 10, 2009 in her father’s Hermit’s Cove home in Putnam County near Satsuma, Florida. The girl was in the care of Haleigh’s father’s 17-year-old girlfriend–now teen bride Misty Croslin-Cummings. Misty was the last person to see Haleigh and her inconsistent timelines given to police have been frustrating for investigators in this case.

Since then, a search of the Baker County farm where Haleigh’s mom, Crystal Sheffield, lives with her mother, Marie Griffis, took place in late June and turned up nothing more than a few animal bones.

Lt. Greenwood said that search which involved 43 officers, some cadaver dogs and a diver for the ponds on the property was a part of their due diligence. They wanted to search the farm after hearing from family members in conversations that a horse had been buried on the property.

Over 4000 leads have come into the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office. They still have plenty of information to sift through.

Lt. Greenwood did clear up a question as to who was now in charge of the investigation into Haleigh’s disappearance. Greenwood told me that when the investigation first began, Detective John Merchant, who handles the department’s murder investigations, and Detective Peggy Cone, who primarily deals with missing persons, worked together leading the case. He said that Merchant was more visible because he was seen in the media transporting people for questioning.

Greenwood said Friday that Merchant is very busy with a couple of recent murders in the county and that Detective Cone is now seen more publicly as the investigator in charge of the Haleigh investigation.

Putnam County Sheriff’s officials have stated repeatedly that no one has been cleared in the investigation.

I spoke recently with several family members and each of them is expressing frustration in the slow movement in the case. One relative who has been virtually silent for months told me Friday night that if some level of satisfaction is not met in the next couple of days, that silence will likely be broken.

I received word from South Florida late Friday afternoon that private investigator Cobra Staubs is assembling a new team that will independently and aggressively pursue all leads in case of missing Haleigh Cummings.

Haleigh is described as a 5 year old white female. She is approximately 3’0, 39 lbs, blonde hair & brown eyes with light peanut-shaped birth mark on her left cheek. Unknown clothing description.

Haleigh was last seen at her residence in the Hermit’s Cove area of Putnam County on February 9, 2009 between the hours of 8-10pm.

A statewide Amber Alert has been issued. An additional $35,000 in rewards have been posted.

If you have any information and wish to remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-277-TIPS (8477) or you can Text your tip by Texting “TIP231 plus your message” to CRIMES (274637).

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