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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Nothing Found In K-9 Search For Haleigh Cummings

Putnam Co. Sheriff's Office Sent Several K-9 Search Teams--Update.
February 26, 2009

PALATKA, Fla. -- The Putnam County Sheriff's Office sent out several K-9 search teams Thursday to look for Haleigh Cummings, but found no new evidence.

According to a news release issued by Capt. Dick Schauland, the search was conducted "to insure that no possibility is overlooked in the search for Haleigh."

The search, which Schauland described as routine, consisted of several K-9 search teams from a non-law-enforcement organization, Canine South. The dogs are trained specifically to seek human remains.

"We don't have any joyful outcomes at the end. We have to take satisfaction in that we enjoy working with our dogs and it helps bring peace to the family, at least, knowing what has happened," volunteer searcher Pat Totillo said.

Volunteers took the dogs throughout a wooded area near Haleigh's home, as well as around the neighborhood.

"Again, this search is not in response to information received, but rather as a proven protocol from other missing person cases," Schauland said in the news release.

The last person to see Haleigh alive, Haleigh's father's girlfriend, Misty Croslin, was picked up for questioning Thursday morning.

Haleigh's paternal grandmother, Teresa Neves, said the whole family stands by Croslin, 17, and they welcome as much questioning as detectives need.

"I don't care who they take, and I don't care how many times they take them, as long as they bring my grandbaby home," Neves said.

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