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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Haleigh's Dad To Marry Today; New Search Under Way

Door Removed From Missing Girl's Home
March 12, 2009

PUTNAM COUNTY, Fla. -- The father of missing 5-year-old Haleigh Cummings will marry his 17-year-old girlfriend on Thursday, days after he proposed to her at a local Chili's.

Details about the wedding between Ronald Cummings and Misty Croslin were not known.

Meanwhile, a new search was being conducted for the girl, who was last seen at her Satsuma home the night of Feb. 9. About 100 Putnam County sheriff's deputies were searching along U.S. Highway 17, from Buffalo Bluff Road to Paradise Shores Road, north of Crescent City.

The area has been searched before, but deputies have returned "to be sure that nothing has been overlooked," a news release from the Putnam County Sheriff's Office said. The search is not in response to information received, the release said.

Also, a Putnam County sheriff's deputy on Wednesday removed the back door of the Cummings home -- the same door that was found propped open the night the girl disappeared. Officials would not comment on why the door was taken, WJXT-TV reported.

Croslin said earlier this week that Haleigh would want her father to marry her. "This is what Haleigh wanted. She has always talked about it, and even if she's not with us, she is still with us," Croslin said.

Haleigh's grandmother, Teresa Neves, took pictures on the evening of the marriage proposal. She said the couple plans to tie the knot because it's what Haleigh would want. "He feels like he's fulfilling a wish for Haleigh," Neves said.

She said the wedding ceremony would be bittersweet without her smiling granddaughter.
"It's going to be hard. It's an event that Haleigh really should be at, but when she comes home, we'll have a great big wedding so she can be the flower girl and see it all again," Neves said.

The family is almost finished packing up the tent in which they've been camping out for longer than a month. Haleigh's family members said they are just getting by and waiting for the day when they can really celebrate with the whole family again.

"I think Haleigh is going to be very happy when she comes home," Neves said.

Investigators in Putnam County said tips continue to flood in, and they have received more than 3,500 different tips in Haleigh's case, including more than 400 tips from psychics. Detectives said they would continue to follow up on each and every tip they receive.

Anyone who has any information that could help find Haleigh is asked to call Crimestoppers at 888-277-TIPS.


Anonymous said...

his precious daughter is missing. marriage should be the last thing on his mind.

Anonymous said...

This just dosen't set right. Your daughter is missing and you marry the last person to see her? While they are young and may not be thinking things through I would hope that someone would be a voice of clarity and speak up to the father. This was not the time to do this and might not ever be.

Anonymous said...

This makes no sense. They want to be married so when their daughter comes home she can see they got married without her? And for their honeymoon they are headed to national TV to do an interview...do they really think people are buying this?
We aren't talking about a stuffed animal or a puppy; we are talking about a human life. If I lost my daughter I would not be getting married or going on vacation if I thought there was a chance she was still alive.