April 15th, 2010
05:36 PM ET

Sheriff: Haleigh case a homicide investigation

Authorities now believe Haleigh Cummings is dead and are treating her disappearance as a homicide investigation, the Putnam County, Florida, sheriff said Thursday.

"At this point, I'm comfortable in saying I'm calling it a homicide," Sheriff Jeff Hardy said. He added that investigators are looking at "one or more persons of interest" but would not identify any targets of the investigation.

The sheriff spoke with reporters as divers completed their search of the St. Johns River, south of Satsuma, Florida, where Haleigh lived in a mobile home with her father, Ronald Cummings, and his then-girlfriend, Misty Croslin.

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  1. Judy

    I am so sad for this little girl. The father made which seems bad decisions. He seems he has a good mother. I am prying for the mother and father of this little girl. Ronald
    ade bad choices, but he seems like he is a good person. Misty was a bad choice. Her family is bad news and difunctional beyond words. I pray for these people, there life will never be the same.

    April 15, 2010 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. lorrie bach

    I want Ronald and his mother,Tearesa,to know they are in our thoughts and prayers and have been since the beginning of this very horrible,tragic,situation began...also Heleigh's
    mother,aunts,uncles,etc.PLEASE to Leonard Padia,if you were ever willing and able to bond out anyone PLEASE help Ronald Cummings...I feel like he needs to be with his mama so she can hug him and let him know that there IS A GOD that is takeing care of his little girl.... I am not financally able to do this but I will send what I can....I've never met this family,but this could happen to any of us or our children,or grandchildren... My heart truely is in pain for this family,so PLEASE anyone able to give, or help start a fund,
    let's do this....... I think we could go through the putnum county sheriff's dept to start a fund to get Ronald with his family, and I think being able to hug his little boy may help Ronald at least try to cope....I can't even begin to imagine the pain and heartache this family is enduring and the only word I can think of in this situation is the word "BRUTAL"
    so come on all of you concerned citizens,LET'S DO SOMETHING!!!!!!!
    Milton Florida

    April 16, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  3. ashley

    I agree, I am so sad to hear they are calling this case now a homicide. I knew in my heart that they wouldn't find her alive but I always held on to the hope she would be return safe. I feel so bad for the family. I knew Misty knew what happend all long. She makes me sick to my stomache and so does her family. She is only telling the police what really happend that night to save her @ss so jail time but that's not going to work. She will have to live with this for the rest of her life. Poor little Halegih had her whole life ahead of her. It just kills me to hear about this. God Bless her and her family. May she rest in peace.

    April 16, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |