This just in from TJ Hart. I think the PCSO press statement is interesting, it is pretty succinct, they want nothing to do with the press. I still wonder about the timing of these interviews, it is still my theory that they wanted to buy 72 hours of quiet time, but the press got hold of the story and nixed their plan – simon
September 08, 2009
Misty Croslin-Cummings, who police say holds some answers in the disappearance of her young stepdaughter denies that her Cape Cod, Mass.-based brother has anything to do with the missing girl.
Investigators from the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department interviewed Timothy Croslin, 23, at the South Yarmouth state police barracks in Massachusetts Saturday.
Croslin could not be reached for comment yesterday. But his sister, Misty Croslin-Cummings, said the police wanted to see his phone records.
Misty claims her brother has â€œnothing to do with this.â€
She said her brother lives on Cape Cod, but would not specify which town.
The disappearance of Haleigh Cummings from her Satsuma, Fla., home on Feb. 9 sparked a national missing person search. Her stepmother, 17-year-old Misty Croslin-Cummings, says she put Haleigh to bed and the little girl disappeared sometime during the night.
On Aug. 17, Haleigh’s 6th birthday, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department released a statement that said the office has received more than 4,000 leads and conducted 138 formal interviews in the search for the little girl.
They have no specific person of interest yet, though they have cleared the biological parents, Ronald Cummings and Crystal Sheffield.
But police believe Croslin-Cummings is withholding information, according to a press release from the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department.
“Investigators believe that Misty Croslin-Cummings continues to hold important answers in the case,” stated the sheriff’s release.
“She has failed to provide any sort of detailed accounting of the hours during the late evening and early morning of Haleigh’s disappearance. Furthermore, physical evidence at the scene contradicts Misty’s sketchy account of her evening activities. Any citizen with direct knowledge of Misty’s activities during that evening or into the early morning is encouraged to report that information to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office.”
Croslin-Cummings yesterday told The Cape Cod Times she was excited about published reports that investigators were in Massachusetts following up on a tip that Haleigh was seen at an Abington Walmart. The tip was reported by WBZ-TV Sunday and repeated by the Boston Herald.
The Cape Cod Times could not confirm the source of the tip last night.
Haleigh’s family wants it to be true.
“Anything that would bring her home or get them (police) off my back, would be most welcome,” Misty said.
The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office issued this release Tuesday morning:
September 8th, 2009
The Putnam County Sheriffâ€™s Office has received numerous requests for information and interviews regarding the Haleigh Cummings investigation and actions taken by the Sheriffâ€™s Office this past weekend. It has been the position of our investigative team not to release the details of interviews. I can confirm that investigators traveled to Massachusetts to conduct interviews in this case. These interviews are totally unrelated to the alleged sighting of Haleigh in a Massachusetts Wal-Mart.
The Putnam County Sheriffâ€™s Office will not be participating in any formal interviews or providing statements regarding the events of the past weekend at this time. The main concern of the Putnam County Sheriffâ€™s Office is finding Haleigh Cummings and returning her home to her family.
Lieutenant Johnny Greenwood
Putnam County Sheriffâ€™s Office
130 Orie Griffin Blvd.
Palatka, Florida 32177