Texas Horse Team Ends Search for Haleigh

By: Gainesville (Fla.) Sun
By: Gainesville (Fla.) Sun

SATSUMA, Fla. - Volunteers are now conducting what is expected to be their last ground search for missing 5-year-old Haleigh Ann-Marie Cummings.

Forty volunteers with Texas-based EquuSearch were searching in wooded areas around railroad tracks near the mobile home from where the girl disappeared six days ago.

Michael Ray, an EquuSearch coordinator, said the focus is on areas law enforcement wants to eliminate from any further searches. He said more than 100 people took part in extensive searches on Sunday, including Haleigh's father who rode on horseback.

"I think it was more of a release of stress," Ray said. "I think it took some stuff off his mind to take part in the search."

The volunteer group broke up about 4:00 Monday afternoon.

Satsuma is quieter today than it has been in almost a week. The families still have the tents up but they are not under them.

The media has moved mostly near the new command post on State Road 19, where a smattering of television trucks could be seen.

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