The events over the past few days are clearly wearing on the overworked team trying to find the answer to exactly what happened to Haleigh Cummings. The PCSO are not the most forthcoming of organizations, but even I understand their frustration. They have been working hard on the case for 14 months. I think this statement speaks for itself:

Media Release
April 16, 2010

The recent overwhelming number of requests for information in the Haleigh Cummings investigation has forced the agency to temporarily change our procedure for responding to media calls.

On April 14, 2010, I personally received over two hundred and fifty (250) telephone calls or emails from media outlets requesting information or interviews in the Haleigh case. On April 15, 2010, I received over a hundred calls. Due to our limited resources, I physically have been unable to respond to all of these requests. Certain media outlets have also attempted to contact the Haleigh investigative team directly. These attempts cause an unneeded distraction for the investigative team, and we ask that members of the media refrain from contacting investigators directly.

I will provide releases to the media whenever a significant event occurs during this investigation. In the event there is a major development in the case, which justifies a live release or a press conference, I will inform all media outlets well in advance so they have time to prepare.

Members of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office will not be participating in any formal interviews or providing additional statements regarding this week’s search. We appreciate the media for keeping our citizens updated on the Haleigh Cummings investigation, but the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office is concentrating on conducting a thorough investigation to insure the individuals responsible for this crime are brought to justice.

Lieutenant Johnny Greenwood

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