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A month later, question echoes: Where's Haleigh?
Published: Sunday, March 8, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, March 7, 2009 at 10:49 p.m
Helicopters are no longer flying over 5-year-old Haleigh Cummings' Satsuma neighborhood.
The obvious signs of a search — dogs, divers in the St. Johns River near Haleigh's home, and patrol cars riding along neighborhood streets — aren't there. But Hardy said the Sheriff's Office, the FBI and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement still are actively working the case and it has not gone cold.
Last week, DNA samples again were taken from relatives and others close to Haleigh, including her father's girlfriend, Misty Croslin, so they could be compared with evidence collected, said Putnam County Sheriff's Capt. Dick Schauland. People also have been re-interviewed, he said.
"I still have all the sheriffs on standby if I need help," said Sheriff Hardy. "They're ready to deploy in a heartbeat."
Amber Alert Update: Haleigh Cummings Update
Haleigh's Family Being Asked to Leave Temporary Home
Last Edited: Sunday, 08 Mar 2009, 7:32 PM EDT
Created On: Sunday, 08 Mar 2009, 7:25 PM EDT
- Ronald Cummings and has family are being told they can no longer live in the camp site they've been staying since little Haleigh went missing.
The family received a notice from Putnam County on Friday. No word yet on when they'll have to move. Ronald Cummings and his family have refused to stay in the home since Haleigh was taken.
Donations for Haleigh
Last Update: 3/07 11:23 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Spurs Saloon in Palatka held a weekend fundraiser for missing five-year-old Haleigh Cummings. The Spurs Saloon does not normally have a cover charge. This weekend, the bar asked for donations at the door for Haliegh Cummings.
Response has been positive. Spurs Saloon collected more than $500.00 on the first two nights.
They plan to give the donations to the Putnam County Sheriff's Office Monday.
And fundraising will not end there. Next week, The Spurs Saloon will once again ask for donations at the door for Haleigh.
Haleigh's Family Not Giving Up Hope
Last Update: 3/07 11:21 pm
A day after Wayanne Kruger officially became the family's advocate, their immediate goal is to not let Haleigh's story fade from the public's eye.
Marie Griffis says more flyers are being printed, more phone calls are being made and resouces are being tapped to get Haleigh's story back in the national spotlight.
"We got to keep Haleighs face out there" said Griffis.
Haleigh's family is now selling raffle tickets and t-shirts to raise money for the reward fund.
One month later: Haleigh saga has changed Satsuma
The quiet ended when the little girl went missing.
Story updated at 9:19 PM on Sunday, Mar. 8, 2009
Flooded with images and stories about a 25-year-old father with a 17-year-old girlfriend left to care for two children, a mother engaged to her stepbrother and a mobile home community surrounded by 44 sex offenders, the national public has been blistering Internet message boards and office chatter with labels of a community of rednecks.
There are some good images, too, of the volunteers, the giving, the prayers, the hope. But much of what sticks out is the national media bullying and bombarding the family and quiet southern Putnam County. So some townfolks offered to set the record straight.
“Satsuma is a very low-income area, and there are a lot of trailers, but it’s not fair to call them a trailer park or trailer trash,” said Scott Johnson, a Jacksonville resident who also owns a home in Satsuma. “I go down there on the weekends. It’s actually really beautiful.”
Cummings told to get county permit to keep staying in camper
Noise complaint led to county action' permission seen as likely
Story updated at 7:54 PM on Sunday, Mar. 8, 2009
Putnam County officials said permission is likely, and said the subject will be brought up at a county commission meeting this week. Code enforcement chief John Salmons said Sunday he sent a letter to the family after receiving noise complaints. He said the letter lets them know they need to apply for a temporary use permit but did not issue a deadline for the camper to be moved.
What started as a pair of chairs and a few blankets Feb. 10 has grown into a tented enclosure and travel camper down the street from the Satsuma mobile home that investigators pored over for weeks before releasing back to Cummings. He has said he cannot live in the blue doublewide mobile home again. Lindsy Croslin, whose sister-in-law, 17-year-old Misty Croslin was home and discovered Haleigh missing about 3 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, said she knew the county letter was sent but did not know what plans were made to move.
At another site nearby, Haleigh’s biological mother and family have a similar arrangement of tents and enclosures nearby but have not been asked to move, said Marie Griffis, Haleigh’s grandmother. The Baker County family has been given the use of a mobile home about five minutes away, she said.
County Commission Chairman Nancy Harris said the commission has a regular meeting Tuesday and will bring up the issue. She said Haleigh’s family is in a bad situation and are due some consideration. Commissioner Chip Laibl said he expects the county to help.
“We’ll do whatever it takes to keep these people comfortable while they search for their daughter,” he said Sunday.
County Officials Force Haleigh's Family to Move Tents
Created: 3/8/2009 9:53:03 PM
Updated: 3/8/2009 10:23:31 PM
The Putnam County Code Enforcement Division sent a letter to Sykes' grandson and Haleigh's father, Ronald Cummings. The letter, dated March 3rd, cites several complaints about the family camping near the home.
The author writes that he recognizes the family's extreme hardship. However, they are violating a county code and will have to find somewhere else to live.
"The people around here - they don't mind us being here. It's just been the code enforcement," said Sykes.
Down the road a bit, Haleigh's mother and her side of the family have set up tents. "We're only here during the daytime and we've got a place to live so we go home at night" said Haleigh's maternal grandmother Marie Griffis.
This weekend, Griffis' family took down one of the tents to avoid the appearance of camping. One of the tents still standing is filled with a shrine to the missing girl. Griffis says she'll spend her days inside the tent for as long as takes to bring her grand-daughter home.
6PM Report 03/08/09 "County Officials Force Haleigh's Family to Move Tents": VIDEO 1:30
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