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    2009.02.18 today's current news - **no discussions here please **

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    Girlfriend Under Investigation In Missing Girl Case
    Wednesday, February 18, 2009 updated: 8:04 am EST February 18, 2009

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    PUTNAM COUNTY, Fla. -- Eyewitness News discovered that the Putnam County Sheriff's Office is investigating Ronald Cummings' girlfriend, who claimed that she was at home and sleeping when Haleigh Cummings was taken. But a tip puts the spot light on the 17-year-old girlfriend. The most recent information investigators got was that Ronald Cummings' girlfriend, Misty Croslin, may not have been home when Haleigh disappeared from her Satusum house early last week.

    On CNN, Tuesday night, Haleighs paternal grandmother, Terese Neves, spoke out in support of the 17-year-old's story.
    "I believe someone went into the house and took her. I believe they either know my grandchildren and my family or Haleigh's mother's family," said Neves.
    Sheriff's deputies also said they have the pink shirt that Haleigh was thought to be wearing when she disappeared.

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    Investigators Push for Tips in Search for Haleigh
    Updated: 2/18/2009 5:53:28 AM

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    PALATKA, FL -- Mounted on horseback, Haleigh's father Ronald Cummings continues to search the area with friends and volunteers. Both sides of the family are saying they are canvassing the area again.
    At Putnam County E.O.C Headquarters the case continues to intensify. Detectives are now saying the five-year-old was not wearing a pink shirt.

    The main focal point investigators say is Haleigh's face and what she looks like.
    That is what they want people to concentrate on after evaluating all leads up to this point.
    "We have found that you know what, that was not the best description that we know today. So we changed the Amber Alert, and information is key. We don't want people focusing on that if it's not part of the investigation, and it's not part of the investigation today," says Det. Dominick Pape with FDLE.

    Investigators Push for Tips in Search for Haleigh: VIDEO
    http://www.firstcoastnews.com/video/...storyid=131575

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    Maddie Clifton's Mother Meets with Haleigh's Mom
    Updated: 2/18/2009 5:53:00 AM

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    SATSUMA, FL -- The two mothers shared an embrace only women in their position could understand. They are two moms who've had to face the agony of experiencing a lost child.
    The city of Jacksonville nearly went numb when police found Maddie Clifton, Sheila DeLongis' daughter, dead and stuffed under the waterbed of her teen neighbor ten years ago.
    [Crystal Sheffield's book on her daughter Haleigh remains open, the ending uncertain.
    DeLongis gave Sheffield a toy stuffed animal.


    Maddie Clifton's Mother Meets with Haleigh's Mom: Video
    http://www.firstcoastnews.com/video/...storyid=131571

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    Amber Alert Changed: Search for Haleigh Continues
    Wednesday, February 18, 2009 10:08:57 AM

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    SATSUMA -- Despite following up on hundreds of leads, Putnam County deputies said they're no closer to finding missing 5-year-old Haleigh Cummings.
    Deputies will hold a press conference at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday to discuss the next course of action.


    "We were able to come up with several good leads that we are following up on," Rose said. "Those leads, as I said, were a result of doing the neighborhood canvas last night."
    Investigators conducted spot searches Tuesday based on those leads. So far, all of those leads have come up short.
    Deputies will hold the next press conference at 4 p.m. Wednesday to discuss the next course of action.

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    Tip Claims Dad's Girlfriend Wasn't Home When Haleigh Vanished
    Investigators Following More Than 1,200 Tips
    POSTED: Tuesday, February 17, 2009
    UPDATED: 1:54 pm EST February 18, 2009

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    An Amber Alert was issued last week for Haleigh Cummings, and more than 1,200 tips have poured into a Crimestoppers hotline about the case, said investigators, who revealed that one of the tips suggested that 17-year-old Misty Croslin may not have been home the night Haleigh vanished.
    Investigators in Putnam County said they are looking into the Croslin tip as a possibility.


    Tuesday afternoon, officials said they had received almost 1,200 leads -- double the number they had on Monday -- but there have been no confirmed sightings of Haleigh.

    Haleigh's Dad Joins Mounted Search As Investigation Continues: Video
    http://www.news4jax.com/video/18742773/index.html

    FDLE: People Should Focus On Haleigh's Face, Not Clothes: Video
    http://www.news4jax.com/video/18736325/index.html

    Hundreds Attend 'Hope' Service For Haleigh: Video
    http://www.news4jax.com/video/18737547/index.html

    Tip: Misty Wasn't Home When Haleigh Disappeared: Video
    http://www.news4jax.com/video/18737503/index.html

    Tips Come In As Haleigh's Prays: Video
    http://www.news4jax.com/video/18732913/index.html

    Volunteers 'Heartsick' They Didn't Find Haleigh: Video
    http://www.news4jax.com/video/18722879/index.html

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    Girlfriend Under Investigation In Haleigh Case
    Wednesday, February 18, 2009 – updated: 12:34 pm EST February 18, 2009

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    PUTNAM COUNTY, Fla. -- Eyewitness News discovered that the Putnam County Sheriff's Office is investigating Ronald Cummings' girlfriend, who claimed that she was at home and sleeping when Haleigh Cummings was taken. But a tip puts the spotlight on the 17-year-old girlfriend. The most recent information investigators got was that Ronald Cummings' girlfriend, Misty Croslin, may not have been home when Haleigh disappeared from her Satusum house early last week.

    Obviously that puts a spotlight on her now, if that's the case," said Captain Dick Schauland. "We have a team of detectives that are following up on this and yes they are questioning her about that."
    In a news conference Wednesday (watch news conference), Schauland said the information is one of the 1,200 tips that investigators are looking into. He says he doesn't know if it panned out. He says detectives have interviewed family members and girlfriend Misty Croslin several times.


    NEWS CONFERENCE: Watch Feb. 18 News Conference
    http://www.wftv.com/video/18739791/index.html

    Car Taken Into Evidence In Search For Haleigh Cummings: Video
    http://www.wftv.com/video/18743927/index.html

    INTERVIEW: Haleigh's Grandmother On Nancy Grace
    http://www.wftv.com/video/18739235/index.html

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    Praying for Haleigh: Community Turns Out For Vigil and Prayer Service
    http://www.palatkadailynews.com/arti...ews/news01.txt

    People lined the walls of the church as nearly every seat was filled during the service.
    Tim Campbell, a local deputy as well as the church's youth pastor, knows some of Haleigh's relatives who attend the church. He said he feels the family is handing the situation very well.

    Johnny Sheffield Jr., Haleigh's uncle, says he is close to his niece and wants to be supportive of his family.


    Clothing description for the missing child changed
    http://www.palatkadailynews.com/arti...ews/news02.txt

    "We changed information that young Haleigh was in fact not wearing a pink shirt as reported at the time of her disappearance,� Ryan said at a late afternoon press conference in Palatka. �The FDLE Web site has been updated as well as our signboard."

    Now we want people focusing in on the face because we do not know at this time what the clothing was,� said Dominick Pape, speciaal agent in charge of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement�s Jacksonville regional office.

    Tuesdays revelation would be another change in the account Croslin has given authorities and the news media. At one point, she said she was sleeping in the same bed with Haleigh, then said she was in a separate bed.

    More than 1,000 tips have been phoned in about the case.

    Some 300 homes and 210 vehicles were checked during a sweep of Haleigh�s neighborhood Monday night.

    One tip prompted a renewed search of the St. Johns River, which is close to the Cummings home.

    Wide-ranging searches of woods and other areas have been suspended, with authorities conducting smaller searches as warranted.



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    Investigators question girlfriend's story in Haleigh case
    Sarah Lundy and Helen Eckinger | Sentinel Staff Writers
    12:31 PM EST, February 18, 2009

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    Authorities were originally told the 5-year-old was last seen wearing the pink shirt. That's the information they released to the public in the Amber Alert and on missing-person fliers about the girl, who lives in the small town of Satsuma. On Tuesday, investigators wouldn't discuss details of the pink shirt in their possession -- how they found it, where it was and whether it will be tested for any forensic evidence.
    Several people have taken polygraph tests, including Haleigh's father and Croslin. Investigators would not release information about what those tests showed or comment on whether they still think Croslin is telling the truth.

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    Post Haleigh's Parents Taken to Sheriff's Office

    Posted By: Gary Detman Created: 2/18/2009 1:50:54 PM Updated: 2/18/2009 2:34:47 PM
    SATSUMA, FL -- The mother, father and grandmother of Haleigh Cummings are at the Putnam County Sheriff's Office right now.
    Moments ago, Marie Griffis, Haleigh's grandmother, told First Coast News that deputies had told her to pick up Crystal Sheffield, Haleigh's mother, and take her to the Sheriff's Office.
    Griffis left in a hurry, according to First Coast News Chief Investigative reporter Jackelyn Barnard.
    Haleigh's father, Ronald Cummings, was taken there by the lead detective in the case.
    The flurry of activity came hours after a news conference where investigators announced little except the tip about Misty Croslin not being at the house when Haleigh vanished. more at link:

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    Still Following Leads, Crews Have No Search Plans Wednesday
    Created: 2/18/2009 9:48:28 AM
    Updated: 2/18/2009 9:55:52 AM

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    PALATKA, FL -- Ground crews have no plans to search for Haleigh Cummings today.
    That's the word from the Putnam County Sheriff's Office as of 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.
    Capt. Dick Schauland said while there are no plans to do any ground searching, crews are constantly ready to move as soon as any clue comes to them.


    Still Following Leads, Crews Have No Search Plans Wednesday: Video
    http://www.firstcoastnews.com/video/...storyid=131612

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    UPDATED: $16,000 Reward Issued For Missing Haleigh
    Dad, Mom Summoned To Sheriff's Office Wednesday
    POSTED: Wednesday, February 18, 2009
    UPDATED: 7:29 pm EST February 18, 2009

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    Investigators on Wednesday said $16,000 in rewards has been offered for information leading the discovery of a missing 5-year-old Florida girl.
    Ronald Cummings and Crystal Sheffield, Haleigh's parents, along with the father's girlfriend, Misty Croslin, were each brought to the sheriff's office.
    "As leads develop, we will always going back to the family members," Florida Department of Law Enforcement agent-in-charge Dominick Pape said. "As this case goes on and we feel the need to bring them in, we will. They've been very cooperative with us."

    Investigators said that they are continuing to following all tips, including the claim about Croslin.

    LIVE @ 4 PM: Putnam County Briefing On Haleigh Cummings Investigation: Video
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    Anonymous Putnam Resident Donates $10K Reward In Search For Haleigh: Video
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    Searching, Praying For Haleigh: Images
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    Raw Video: Wednesday Press Conference For Haleigh
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    $10,000 Donation Made For Haleigh's Reward
    Anonymous Donor Contributes To Reward Fund For Missing Girl
    POSTED: 4:36 pm EST February 18, 2009
    UPDATED: 5:06 pm EST February 18, 2009

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    During a press conference Wednesday afternoon, detectives announced that an anonymous donor recently donated $10,000 to the Crime Stoppers reward fund set up for anyone with information about Haleigh. The total reward is now $16,000.

    Investigators also said they have processed a car as evidence, but did not release any additional details.
    A recent tip suggested that Haleigh’s father’s girlfriend, Misty Croslin, 17, was not home when Haleigh disappeared. Croslin told police she put Haleigh to bed the night before she went missing and was home the entire time. Haleigh’s paternal grandmother said the tip is not true. "That’s a crock. I went by the house that night. I know. She was there," Annette Sykes said. "I went by around 7."


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    Haleigh's Parents Taken to Sheriff's Office: Video
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    Haleigh's Father Reportedly Had a Fight Day Before She Disappeared


    http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/l...131661&catid=3

    Family members of Ronald Cummings say he got into a fight with another man over a gun one day before his daughter disappeared.

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