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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Haleigh's Father Reportedly Had a Fight Day Before She Disappeared

SATSUMA, FL -- Family members of Ronald Cummings say he got into a fight with another man over a gun one day before his daughter disappeared. (Joseph Miller, Misty's cousin who came to visit from Tennessee who abused her as a smaller child and stole a gun from Ron??)

A relative told First Coast News Cummings accused the other man of stealing a gun. The relative could not remember the name of the man or where the fight happened.

The relative said the man disappeared the next day and the gun was found in a ditch.

No word on the type of gun, but on the night Haleigh disappeared, Cummings told responding deputies he had a 9 mm Beretta handgun and would kill the person who had taken his child.
Authorities would not comment on the claim.

An FBI expert told First Coast News with the investigation at this stage, authorities take a really close look at anything unusual in the hours, days and weeks before a child's disappearance.

Haleigh's Parents Taken to Sheriff's Office http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/b...31632&catid=17

-- The mother, father and grandmother of Haleigh Cummings were called to the Putnam County Sheriff's Office at approx 2:00p.m today. 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.
Capt. Dick Schauland said the tip is one of 1,200 under investigation.

Marie Griffis says the family is taking the tip with a grain of salt until detectives can say whether it's valid. Croslin put Haleigh to bed at 8 p.m. Croslin said she went to bed at 10 p.m. and when she woke up around 3 a.m. Haleigh vanished. Investigators are pushing for tips in the case since they have no clothing description on Haleigh.

Call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-277-TIPS if you have any information.

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