This press release is from TJ Hart at 97.3 The Sky

Putnam County

Sheriff’s Office

Jeff Hardy, Sheriff



June 5, 2009

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement hosted a roundtable gathering Thursday (06/04/09) of all the different agencies and personnel involved in the investigation of missing five year old Haleigh Cummings.  Approximately 40 people participated in the meeting to discuss what has been accomplished so far, what needs are still pending, as well as focus on any new directions that may be pursued.  The assembly was attended by members of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office and the State Attorney’s Office.

During the discussion, a review was conducted of the initial call, searches that had been performed, evidence that had been gathered, results of laboratory analysis of the evidence and the results of various interviews by the different agencies.

The participants determined there are still some of the more than 4,000 leads received to be followed up on, and different ways of prioritizing those leads were discussed.  Also, quite a lot of evidence was initially collected by the FDLE Crime Scene Technicians.  Some has not yet been analyzed, and priorities were set for that analysis.  Each agency accepted responsibility for various continuing assignments as the investigation moves forward.

No suspects were identified as a result of this meeting, and no persons were eliminated.   The participants emphasized that the Haleigh Cummings case IS NOT a cold case.  There are still investigative leads to be followed, evidence to be analyzed, and previous interviews to be re-conducted.  The group intends to meet again in 30 days if the case has not yet been solved.

Sheriff Jeff Hardy was very complimentary of the efforts thus far, and commented, “There were a lot of new ideas and a lot of things that we’ve looked at that we’re going to look at again.”  He further stated, “We are going to follow this through to the end.”

Captain Dick Schauland

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