~A closer look at the roundtable discussion that occurred in June/2009~ The Details* When: Thursday, June 4, 2009 Hosted by: The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Attendees: Approximately 40 individuals including members from the following agencies; Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Putnam County Sheriff's Office (PCSO) State (Florida) Attorney's Office Purpose: To discuss the current statis of the Haleigh Cummings investigation and the future investigative direction of the investigation; What has been accomplished thus far in the investigation What has yet to be accomplished/completed in the investigation Additional focus - Any new directions that may be persued Topics discussed: Review of the initial call Review of all searches performed to date Review of the significant amount of evidence collected by the FDLE crime scene technicians Review of interviews performed to date Conclusion: More than 4,000 leads received that need to be followed up on; >Various ways of prioritizing those leads Analysis of the evidence initially collected by FDLE CST's has not been completed; >Priorities discussed/set for analyzing remaining evidence Previous interviews to be re-conducted Each agency accepted responsibility for the various outstanding assignments discussed (above) NO suspects were identified NO persons were eliminated Looking ahead: Group intends to meet again in 30 days if the case has not yet been solved *All of the above information was disseminated from the following link: http://www.pcso.us/2009-6-5-a Time is the enemy... More then six months have passed since this roundtable took place. Captain Dick Schauland stated that the group would meet again in 30 days if the case had not been solved - from what we know, that next meeting did not/has not occurred, despite the fact that the case remains unsolved. Why no follow-up roundtable? The only answer that I can come up with is that the status of the investigation in the case remained unchanged from the time of the previous roundtable discussion, therefore it was determined that the meeting was not needed or appropriate at that time. Why should we care? Because the committment to a periodic roundtable discussion ensures that those involved in investigating this case will be held accountable to perform and complete the "assignments" they "accepted responsibility" for at the first roundtable discussion that occurred on June 4, 2009. Because if there are outstanding assignments ("assignments" is the term used in the article on the link provided referring to the investigative tasks to be performed), without the benefit of the roundtable discussion, including all agencies involved in this case, how can any outstanding assignments be identified, evaluated and a determination(s) made as to the reason(s) for an outstanding assignment(s). If there continues to be outstanding assignments more than six months later, since the initial roundtable discussion, wouldn't it be equally beneficial to the investigation/investigators in this case to identify and assess where and why certain "assignments" are hitting brick walls? Identifying and assessing that in itself may provide the investigators with another chapter in this tragic story -perhaps the chapter that leads them to Haleigh.