This just in from TJ Hart – Jan Barrett

February 10, 2009 was early morning when 5-year-old HaLeigh Cummings of Satsuma, FL was discovered missing from her home at Hermit’s Cove.

As we approach the one-year anniversary of her disappearance, not much more is really known as to how she vanished and who might have taken her and where she is now.

What is known of that night so far, according to Putnam County Sheriff’s and FDLE investigators is that:

* The girl’s father, Ronald Cummings was at work at PDM in Palatka.
* The girl’s mother was in Baker County.
* The girl’s babysitter-then stepmother-then ex-stepmother Misty Croslin was the last person to see HaLeigh and investigators believe she is the key to this case. They maintain that her stories about the night are inconsistent and conflict with the evidence.

Since that night, a wide number of subplots and sideshows have taken place. Click here for the timeline.

On January 20, 2009, Ronald Cummings and Misty Croslin along 3 others on drug trafficking charges. All remain behind bars at this time. Investigators say the cases are separate from the disappearance of HaLeigh, but they will be asking them a lot of questions about that night while they are in jail. Click here for the drug case links and audio/video.

Apparently drugs have been an issue with Ronald Cummings and Misty Cummings prior to HaLeigh’s disappearance, brought to light early in the investigation by private investigator William “Cobra” Staubs. Click here for audio (R-rated language.

News Talk 97.3 The Sky has confirmed the story that HaLeigh’s mother Crystal Sheffield recently failed a drug test . That was a finding at a family status hearing last Monday. Crystal has been ordered to rehab. Her son, HaLeigh’s little brother  Ronald Cummings Jr.,  remains with Crystal’s family in Baker County. He has been there since shortly after Ronald Cummings Sr. was arrested on drug charges.

For the average person, the cast of characters in this case has been a challenge to follow. Click here for the roster.

Perhaps this investigation into HaLeigh’s disappearance is nearing an end. The mostly tight-lipped Putnam County Sheriff’s Office recently allowed pictures of the “HaLeigh Room” where investigators work the case 24/7. Click here for the photos.

TJ Hart

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