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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Haleigh's Father's Wedding Put On Hold

Updated: 5:52 pm EDT March 12, 2009

PUTNAM COUNTY, Fla. -- Ronald Cummings and Misty Croslin were expected to get married Thursday, but the wedding was put on hold. Thursday was supposed to be a wedding day, but it was up in the air.

What did go on as planned was a new search one that Haleigh's father was not involved in. Haleigh Cummings has been missing for one month. She was taken from her home in Satsuma in Putnam County.

Officers from a half-dozen agencies set out on foot Thursday to search a new area south of Haleigh's home in Satsuma, through thick brush and sometimes dangerous terrain. One deputy nearly had a run in with a rattlesnake.

"We're just out there looking for anything that would possibly give us a clue," said Lieutenant Dale Bryant of the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office.

While more than 100 deputies and state officers searched, the family of Haleigh's father prepared for a wedding that was up in the air.

Thursday, Haleigh's grandmother. Theresa Neves, responded to questions of timing and the notion that the wedding is really a deterrent for investigators, so Ronald and Misty would not have to testify against each other.

"That's absurd there's nothing to testify about it is what it is, somebody came in and took Haleigh. That has nothing to do with Misty or my son," said Neves.

But the wedding may or may not be happening. First the church backed out, then Ronald Cummings' friend who was to perform the ceremony ran into a major snag.

"The person who was going to perform the wedding is a notary. And we did not know the notary had expired," said Lindsey Croslin, sister-in-law.

Investigators wrapped up their search with no significant development and there is no word whether the wedding cake will be needed after all.

The family was being very quiet about the wedding plans. They've made it clear it is not to be a public event. They said it would happen at 4:00pm Thursday, but no one seems to know where Ron and Misty are.

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