New Leads in Haleigh Search

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

PALATKA, Florida – The Putnam County Sheriff's Office announced Tuesday morning that it has a couple of new leads in the search for 5-year old Haleigh Ann-Marie Cummings. The girl disappeared a week ago from the home where she had been living with her father, his girlfriend and a younger brother.

At the 9:30 a.m. press conference, sheriff's Capt. Steve Rose said officers canvassed residents in the neighborhood where the Cummings family had been living as well as nearby neighborhoods. Deputies also established checkpoints at undisclosed locations in the area. As a result of the canvassing and checkpoint work, "We were able to come up with several good leads," Rose said.

The work done on the investigation late Monday and into Tuesday morning is part of a shift away from the full-out ground search that began Feb. 10, hours after the little girl was reported missing.

Putnam Sheriff Jeff Hardy said Monday that investigators are continuing to "diligently follow up" on tips as well as to interview family members and "known associates" of Haleigh's family, with some taking polygraph tests.

Rose was asked about the polygraph tests at the press conference and said the sheriff's department would not be commenting on them.

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