An Amber Alert was issued for five-year-old Haleigh Ann-Marie Cummings of Satsuma, Florida, on February 10, 2009, hours after the little girl vanished from the bedroom of her home in the pre-dawn hours.
On February 11, 2009, Florida authorities said they believed Cummings had been kidnapped from her home. The search continued for the child on February 12, 2009, and family members made emotional pleas for Cummings' return. Cummings father, Ronald Cummings, told NBC's Today show "I know somebody took her. I know for a fact she didn't wander off—she's afraid of the dark."
After six days of searching for Cummings, reports on February 16, 2009, said authorities were "winding down" their ground search for the girl and shifting to the investigative side of the case.
Amber Alert issued by Florida authorities for five-year-old Haleigh Ann-Marie Cummings
Cummings was last seen at her home in Satsuma, Florida
Reported missing at 3:27 a.m. on February 10, 20094
Police believe Cummings was abducted1
Height: 3'; weight: 39 lbs.
Blonde hair and brown eyes
Last seen wearing a pink shirt and underwear
Lives with her father, Ronald Cummings, and his girlfriend, 17-year-old Misty Croslin
Croslin was reportedly the last person to see Cummings before she vanished
Authorities were said to be "concerned" because several registered sex offenders live near Cummings' home
Police questioned Ronald Cummings and Misty Croslin in connection to the case; both reportedly passed polygraph tests1
Authorities were investigating the disappearance of convicted sex offender Chad Eugene Reynolds
Reynolds was convicted of molesting a child under the age of 12 in Putnam County in 2002
Officials have said "they do not believe" Reynolds is connected to Cummings' disappearance
No charges had been filed and no suspects named as of February 16, 20093
Anyone with information on Cummings' whereabouts should call the Putnam County Sheriff's Office at 386-329-0800 or the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's Missing Endangered Persons Information Clearinghouse at 888-FL-MISSING
According to reports, Haleigh Cummings' father's girlfriend, Misty Croslin, last saw the five-year-old around 10 p.m. on Monday, February 9, 2009. Croslin says she woke up around 3 a.m., realized Haleigh was gone and immediately called 911. Shortly after that, Cummings' father, Ronald Cummings, arrived home from work to find the child had vanished. Cummings says his back door was open.
The Search for Haleigh
A massive search was launched on February 10, 2009, with police using bloodhounds and helicopters in hopes of locating the child. The following day, authorities said the case had been classified as an abduction.
On February 12, 2009, reports said members of Texas EquuSearch, the group which helped in searches for Natalee Holloway and Caylee Anthony, had joined in the efforts to try and locate Cummings. According to reports, the group planned to search for Cummings on foot and on horseback; searchers were also bringing in sonar equipment.
George Anthony, the grandfather of murdered Florida toddler Caylee Anthony, has reportedly joined in the search for Cummings. According to reports, George Anthony arrived at the main command post in Putnam County and met with Ronald Cummings. Anthony is said to have offered Cummings and his family "any support they needed.
On February 16, 2009, reports said the ground search for Haleigh Cummings was winding down, after hundreds of volunteers spent the weekend scouring the miles around her home.
"This is my heart and somebody stole my heart from me."—Ronald Cummings
"This child didn't voluntarily walk out of her home. If she did, someone took her."—Gary Bowling, Putnam County Sheriff's spokesman
On February 10th, 2009 Haleigh Cummings was taken from her bed where she was sleeping.