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The Search for Haleigh Cummings

February 16, 2009

haleigh-cummingsTES will be wrapping up and pulling out in the search for Haleigh Cummings around noon today.  The volunteer group had been helping in the ground search over the weekend. There were more than 200 volunteers searching the area in Satusuma, Fl. Lt. Greenwood with the Putnam County Sheriff’s Dept. said they have searched  the woods near Haleigh’s home several times now with no luck. Today the sheriff’s investigators are focusing on a “few areas of interest” from tips they’ve received, but couldn’t say what type of locations they were.

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On Geraldo last night, it was brought up that the young girlfriend of Haleigh’s father has her own suspicions as to what happened to Haleigh.  She said a cousin of her’s had molested her, (the girlfriend), in the past, and had recently been at their home.  He apparently stole a gun while he was there. I’m thinking if he could have stolen a gun, he could also have stolen a key, which would explain how someone got into the house without busting the lock.   I would assume the police are checking that out.

A couple of things about this case stand out to me, and some were also pointed out on Geraldo last night:

1)  There are no attorneys swarming around this family!!!! People with nothing to hide don’t need to lawyer up.

2)  This family appears to be cooperating fully with investigators, and they are making emotional public pleas before the cameras.

3)  The Dad was out on horseback physically searching with TES.  He said it made him feel like he was doing something to help.

My point?  This is the way a normal family would react if their child was missing!

There may well be something fishy in this case as the girlfriend’s story has changed several times. She may be afraid of something or someone, but  I would be shocked if she actually did something to Haleigh herself.   She doesn’t appear to be anything like Casey Anthony, and I think she’ll crack soon if she knows more than she’s saying.

And, IMO, it’s too soon and of no value whatsoever for George and Cindy Anthony to be imposing themselves on another missing child case.  There is too much controversy surrounding them and Kidfinders, their daughter’s trial is still looming, their presence draws the spotlight away from the missing child, and they are at this point in time too raw emotionally to be of any real help to this family. Back away and let Tim Miller and Marc Klaas step in here.  They can be of real help.


51 Comments leave one →
  1. niecey456 permalink
    February 16, 2009 11:15 am

    I completely agree.

  2. artgal16 permalink
    February 16, 2009 11:57 am

    yes, I agree as well

  3. February 16, 2009 12:13 pm

    I found it disconserting that the Anthony’s would interject themselves to another missing child’s search while not once being PHYSICALLY involved in the search for Caylee Anthony all the while they claimed she was “missing”.

    They seemed to have been distracted from actually searching (even in their own neighborhood where they KNEW ‘teens hung out in the empty lot) since they had all those out of state TV shows to perform on.

  4. February 16, 2009 12:19 pm

    By the way, the mother of the missing Haleigh (and her mother too) were on TV being interviewed . . . when the Haleigh’s mother was asked why her kids were with the father the mother stated that – her ex-husband had gotten custody after refusing to return the kids to her from his weekend visitation

    – and she had never gotten the court notification there was a custody hearing since the documents were sent to address she had never lived. (how convenient).

    Hence, the Social Services claimed the father was the better choice for custody.

    I’d like to hear how Social Services stands by that claim since he ends up leaving his kids with a 17-year old “girlfriend” instead of at home with their mother….who admits they had weapons AND allowed known pedophiles to visit the home with the kids.

  5. itsamysterytome permalink*
    February 16, 2009 12:42 pm

    Elsa–there have been several stories about why the mother didn’t have custody. It’s my understanding that he’s had the little girl for several years. Plenty of time for the natural mother to have proved there was a mistake made.
    Of course we don’t know enough about this case yet to know what the real truth is.

    I agree with you about the Anthonys.

  6. MAND permalink
    February 16, 2009 1:34 pm

    Mystery…Very well said..I totally agree with you on everything you said!

    I think the girlfriend may know or suspect something or someone and may be in fear of telling anyone…No I don’t think she did anything to harm the child.

    I to would hope G&C stay away from this family..they are there to promote KF and nothing more …with them the circus comes to town…this family does not need that. G&C have a lot to take care of in their own case…they need to stay home and concentrate on there own problems.
    Yes this is the way a normal family acts when they are in crisis..they REACH OUT FOR HELP.

  7. punkinpie permalink
    February 16, 2009 1:36 pm

    The father got custody in December of 2005. Sounds like the mother is a drug addict and has been caught in lies. I have no problem with the 17 year old girlfriend as long as she didn’t have anything to do with Haleigh’s disappearance of course. There is no problem with her watching the kids either. There are plenty of people who work and hire a 17 year old babysitter, in this case the sitter is the girlfriend. I think we need to just pray she is found safe and the truth comes out rather than jumping to a whole bunch of conclusions. Why shouldn’t George try to help this family out? I don’t see a problem with that either. He isn’t making a big deal of it.

  8. pookiesposts permalink
    February 16, 2009 2:00 pm

    Send me INFO on joining your fight for CHILDREN I am in and I will bring Tennessee with me!!!

    I agree with ALL you said…the DAD his first reaction….he would kill whomever harmed his child… The DAD made a statement that ALL parents should NOW stand up and UNITE and LIVE by! IF you ARE proven GUILTY in harming/killing a CHILD….TIE them up in the community and let them suffer a LONG SLOW death with no mercy…OH YEAH..Opps forgot their rights….
    THEIR lawyer would say…”My Client, the defendant SHOWED GREAT MERCY when they raped, choked,starved,beat,molested,tormented and then murdered the child, the client has shown to us a fine example of mercy, show mercy on the client…my client’s rights MATTER more than this DEAD CHILD!”

    The only thing bothering me is the girlfriend I hope you could clear this up for me. I did post my idea on this (being an outspoken Southern female) GEORGE ANTHONY is a wonderful person…he is NOT seeking MEDIA coverage to help this family…HE BELIEVES in helping…I wish they would lay off him especially!

  9. itsamysterytome permalink*
    February 16, 2009 2:01 pm

    He’s kind of making a big deal out of it, punkinpie. He was interviewed on national television the other day and last night he was on Geraldo talking about it. Why? He was also talking about kidfinders.

    I agree with Mand. He has enough on his plate without becoming involved in this case. Cindy is involved as well. There will be plenty of time later on, after Casey’s trial, for them to start helping. They are more of a hinderance than a help at this point.

  10. itsamysterytome permalink*
    February 16, 2009 2:05 pm

    pookiesposts

    I’m not saying George Anthony isn’t a wonderful person. I just think this isn’t the time for him to become involved. He draws the media to HIM at this point in time. Not saying it’s his fault, it just is what it is. He needs to wait until his own house is in order before trying to help others. He’s too much of a distraction.

  11. itsamysterytome permalink*
    February 16, 2009 2:08 pm

    Mand

    At first I thought maybe the babysitter left for a little while and came back to find her gone and she was afraid to tell that she had left them alone. Now they are saying a known sex offender is also missing from the area.

  12. February 16, 2009 2:13 pm

    To me, the relative who stole the gun and “messed with Misty” is a PRIME suspect! I wonder how long it will take to find him? Every minute counts at this point. I hope LE will post his photo and description etc…

    George A. is a good man, I don’t feel that he is causing any harm by offering to help. At least he is trying, in his own way, to do something positive.

  13. itsamysterytome permalink*
    February 16, 2009 2:21 pm

    MBFelicity,
    I would think they would be looking for that guy as well. I haven’t heard anything more about it, so maybe they found him and cleared him.

    We’ll have to agree to disagree about George. He IS a good man, but this isn’t about him and his need to do something positive. If he’s a distraction from the Cummings child and her family, he shouldn’t be there. JMO

  14. niecey456 permalink
    February 16, 2009 2:22 pm

    You know I said kudos to George in the beginning when he reached out, but when he made it about donating to Kid Finders and every time you found a story, you found an interview with him, then I felt differently. Kid Finders is a Bogus Charity. Dennis Milstead has a rap sheet. He’s even tried to rip off Crime Stoppers for a substantial amount of money. He’s also been in trouble with the law for bogus charities he’s had in the past that ripped people off. Kid Finders has never found a child. They sure do love donations though. If George wants to help someone, it would be far better if he did it with an honest bunch of people rather than criminals, that are only in it for the money. I still have some compassion for him, but why he choses the buddies he does I will never know.

  15. niecey456 permalink
    February 16, 2009 2:24 pm

    Oh and I’ve seen Dennis get violent on 2 occasions. One was completely unprovoked.

  16. Boston permalink
    February 16, 2009 2:30 pm

    Mystery-I think teh cousin who “messed” with Haleigh has something to do with it.

    I don’t sense real honesty from Misty.

    I think her parents should be hauled in for neglect of a 15 year old and alowing her to live with a man with two children

    He doesn’t mind having relations with a minor. He apparently sees no problem with that

    This same minor is reponsible for his children

    Three minors with no supervision after 5PM each day Monday -Friday. The children are gone for the weekend with their mother.

    Doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. What if anything will the police or social services think about how well this child custody agreement is working out? A little too late and totally unacceptable for most children.

    There are countless agencies who are equipped to lend a hand and not necessarily a hand out to parents in need.

    What the parents and family all failed to do was to see that this vulnerable child had supervision.
    Did they suspect that it is probably one of their own that has abducted this child? Will a book be written and will we find out that this piece of shit was protetcted by the family? Is this the real reason these folks are not lawyering up?

  17. niecey456 permalink
    February 16, 2009 2:36 pm

    I’m sorry to be long winded, but I’m a little on the passionate side about this one. Kid Finders has been shunned by a few families, because all they do is fliers and billboards and alot of that stuff is donated. When they stepped into Haleigh’s case, fliers had already been put out. Kid Finders has their hands in the cookie jars of every missing child’s case they get involved in and when he’s asked about it Dennis gets violent and so does his wife. This makes George look like he’s in it for the take when he’s involved with them and he does have enough to worry about without incriminating his family more. You watch before all is said and done Dennis will end up in jail and if George is not careful he could be right there with him. He’s very close to him. Dennis drove George’s SUV home after his attempted suicide.

  18. Boston permalink
    February 16, 2009 3:07 pm

    nicey-You have the scoop on that guy. Is George looking for some of the money that this bogus operation is running under the false name of KidFinders?

  19. Marya3804 permalink
    February 16, 2009 3:41 pm

    I could be wrong, I have been before. The biological Mother of Haliegh seems so intimidated by authority. She didn’t know she
    was being duped by the children’s Father when
    he gave an incorrect address for her for the court appearance. She felt like an outcast
    and she felt she had no way to explain, thus he ends up with the kids.
    She looks innocent to me.

  20. February 16, 2009 4:42 pm

    Wow, discussing another child that might still be alive? Nods head!
    I’m so glad the media is getting away from the anthony one – finally, other kids that are missing might have a little spotlight.

  21. niecey456 permalink
    February 16, 2009 5:05 pm

    Hey Boston! I hope not, but they are not working. They declared a mission with Kid Finders at the memorial. It would be the wrong path to take and one I hope they are not taking. I never understood why they took up with him and his gang in the first place.

  22. itsamysterytome permalink*
    February 16, 2009 6:52 pm

    Marya–I think the biological mother is innocent, too. I also think the 17 year old girlfriend is not guilty of harming the little girl. I wonder, though, if the girlfriend doesn’t know more than she’s saying.

    Boston–I’ve left my kids with a 16 year old babysitter before. That was many years ago, but I still think a 17 year old is more than old enough to watch a 4 and 5 year old. There are some 14 and 15 year olds that are mature enough as well.

  23. itsamysterytome permalink*
    February 16, 2009 6:55 pm

    cg–I’m glad to see the media focus away from the Anthonys, too. Every missing child deserves the full attention of police and the media.

    Niecey I think as long as George continues to associate himself with Kidfinders there will be a cloud of doubt around him. He needs to change the company he’s keeping if he wants to be seen as sincere and legitimate.

  24. friendlymom permalink
    February 16, 2009 7:02 pm

    Hello ladies 🙂

  25. friendlymom permalink
    February 16, 2009 7:03 pm

    I hope everyone is well.

  26. friendlymom permalink
    February 16, 2009 7:05 pm

    I don’t think the mother is involved either, but I am guessing there is more to why she did not have custody than she is admitting to. It is not easy for the mother to lose custody, unless they are deemed unfit.

  27. itsamysterytome permalink*
    February 16, 2009 7:21 pm

    Hi friendlymom!

    I agree, I don’t think anyone in the immediate family is involved.

  28. niecey456 permalink
    February 16, 2009 7:40 pm

    Hello Everyone! I don’t think the family is involved either, maybe someone who crossed their paths or something.

  29. friendlymom permalink
    February 16, 2009 7:57 pm

    I agree, someone who knew the little girl, and had probably been watching the routine of that home.

  30. friendlymom permalink
    February 16, 2009 7:58 pm

    Niecey, did you get a chance to see the message I left on your post?

  31. niecey456 permalink
    February 16, 2009 7:59 pm

    Yes I did my friend and I appreciate it. Mand and I both left you one.

  32. Kari permalink
    February 16, 2009 8:58 pm

    Mystery, well said, I have nothing to add to your excellent summation.

  33. Robin 2 permalink
    February 16, 2009 9:18 pm

    Since when does the petitioner in a custody case get to fill out the paperwork of the respondent?

    Or Vice Versa?

    If the mother allowed the father to fill out HER paperwork for the courts and thus write in a bogus address so she’d miss her court hearing information then she is a real idiot.

    I don’t buy her story on the reason she doesn’t have custody.

    She HAD to fill in her own information. Perhaps she moved, or is so irresponsible as to not check her mail or be afraid to open official documents in case it contains bad news……

    But the husband does NOT have the power to inform the court of her address nor to change information she gave the court.

    Come on, if that were acceptable, there’d be a whole lot more lawsuits in this country than there already are.

    The mother is lying to the press about her reasons for not having custody.

    I’d kind of like to know why, and if she was supposed to be making child support payments.

    Because if she is ordered to make payments, as most non-custodial parents are, if Haleigh turns up dead, that’s one less child the mother is financially responsible for.

    Not saying she did anything, but I think it’s something they should investigate.

  34. TABSCLAN permalink
    February 17, 2009 5:56 am

    The family, which I personally know has not harmed their little girl. Ronald loves that child so much. Also, George Anthony has been very supportive when he is there, he repeats over and over that his presence is all about Haleigh not Caylee…Cindy on the other hand is very standoffish when she is there.

  35. itsamysterytome permalink*
    February 17, 2009 8:09 am

    Thanks, Kari!

    Robin–

    I don’t think the natural mother did anything to her child from the information we’ve been given. I would bet she was embarrassed for whatever reason she lost her daughter.

  36. itsamysterytome permalink*
    February 17, 2009 8:17 am

    Tabsclan

    Thank you for the information. I haven’t thought the father, the girlfriend or the mother was involved. I would be very suspicious of the cousin that assaulted the girlfriend as a child. I would bet that has been or is being checked out thoroughly.

    I believe George has good intentions but as I’ve said before, it’s just not the right time and that’s only my opinion. The media is still circling him and that draws attention away from Haleigh’s plight. They are more interested in George’s reactions than in the missing child.

    I also believe Kidfinders is NOT an up and up operation. I hope the Cummings family does a little research on this outfit before they are sucked in with them. I just don’t believe they are looking out for the best interests of anyone but themselves. I’m not sure why George is still working through them. It doesn’t give him much credibility.

    Interesting comment about Cindy. I guess that doesn’t surprise me in the least.

  37. Robin 2 permalink
    February 17, 2009 8:58 am

    I don’t necessarily think the mom did anything either, but I think that no stone should go unturned. I think she’s being dishonest as far as the reason she doesn’t have custody. And since she’s being dishonest about anything having to do with her daughter, she should be checked.

    Don’t forget about our little friend Casey Anthony. She started out with dishonesty and has miraculously kept that up.

    Sure, the mom is probably extremely embarrassed to have her reasons for losing custody on national television. Who wouldn’t be?

    But when you start out with a lie in an investigation, you set yourself up for people not believing anything else you say.

    All the mom had to say to Nancy Grace is that it was a personal matter and she wouldn’t comment.

    I realize also the mom probably isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed, and is scared for her daughter, and not media savvy, etc…which could be the reason she fumbled on national television regarding her custodial situation.

    I do find it more disturbing to hear now about the ‘relative’ of the girlfriend who molested her and she then allowed this man into her boyfriends house with small children.

    It probably is the person who did this.

    I am not trying to blindly accuse anyone…I just think that if something doesn’t add up, investigate the hell out of it. It can’t hinder, but can only help.

  38. WolfmanJack permalink
    February 17, 2009 9:24 am

    I suspect the girlfriend might know who might have done this. Her relative. Or some other acquantence. But she is afraid to talk. Afraid of her boyfriend (Haleighs father) and afraid of the suspect himself.

    The police need to lean on her big-time. If she is “adult” enough to shack up with a 25-year-old man, she is “adult” enough to be questioned.

  39. itsamysterytome permalink*
    February 17, 2009 10:47 am

    Robin. I think you are right about the mom. Just the fact that she wasn’t honest makes her suspect. The babysitter’s contradictions in her story really are suspect. I think she knows more than she has revealed. I think Wolfman is correct. She seems very timid and is probably scared to death. Really, at this point, everyone should be suspect until proven otherwise.

  40. Janra permalink
    February 17, 2009 5:42 pm

    I find it very alarming on the timing of calling the police to report Haleigh missing. How convenient that the call was made while the father just got home from work. I think the 17 yr old knows alot more than she is telling.

  41. February 21, 2009 8:29 am

    hey there itsamysterytome you made strong valid points, and i agree with you. glad i stopped in to check it out.
    you left a message on our blog stating that the dads girlfriend told the police everything out the gate…about her cousin etc. what source did you use for that information?

  42. panewenham permalink
    February 21, 2009 1:34 pm

    read all and to all kid finder is making geogre work for his money

  43. itsamysterytome permalink*
    February 21, 2009 4:19 pm

    Hi Lawman2

    Thanks, but I’ve never been to your blog until just now. I saw that someone posted a comment and included a link to this page.

    The source was Geraldo Rivera’s weekend show. (It says that in the post above) There’s probably a transcript out there somewhere. I think I’ve heard or seen it since then as well.

    Good and very interesting blog you have. Lots of interesting posts!

  44. itsamysterytome permalink*
    February 21, 2009 4:23 pm

    Janra
    I just think the girlfriend is very young, was scared to death, and wasn’t sure what to do. At this point that’s what I think.

    panewenham
    Yep, no free lunch with kidfinders!

  45. Marya3804 permalink
    February 21, 2009 4:28 pm

    It sems like there is a piece of the puzzle missing.
    Why are they afraid of the media? Getting the word out is the most important part. One of Misty’s relatives pushed her in a truck when she
    almost talked.
    As you watch it is apparent that words are not following easily.

  46. February 21, 2009 6:55 pm

    I freaking HATE Geraldo- did you see him on O’Reilly last night – claimed he had a photo of H, beaten to a “Pulp” by her dad. Watch his show tonight. OK _ they may be trailer people, but that does NOT make them murderers. I hate Geraldo, I haven’t been this mad since I can remember! The dad is innocent. I know that in my heart.

  47. Marya3804 permalink
    February 21, 2009 7:00 pm

    Peeps, I think they are going to start talking.
    How many children does Ronald Cummings have?
    They said 3? The young son that was also in the house has a different Mother than Haliegh.
    All the mothers were pregnant by the age of 17.
    He likes them young.

  48. February 21, 2009 8:34 pm

    I don’t know Marya. I think they are just country people and afraid. I don’t mean that in a derogatory way, I just think they are from a small tight-knit community and aren’t used to dealing with outsiders.

    I’m not a fan of Geraldo either Joni. He appears to be in Jose Baez back pocket and is a bigger sensationalist than Nancy Grace in my opinion. I will watch tonight. From what I’ve read, the Dad is no angel, but I don’t believe he did anything to his daughter either. You can’t fake the emotion he has shown.

    On the other hand, I think the girlfriend has not been completely truthful. I don’t think she did anything to Haleigh either. We just don’t know that much yet.

  49. February 21, 2009 8:37 pm

    Marya

    I hadn’t heard that. I thought Haleigh’s mother was also Junior’s. I’ll have to catch up with my reading. The last couple of days, I’ve been busy.

  50. Marya3804 permalink
    February 21, 2009 8:47 pm

    I was wrong. trying to type and listen at the same time. Ronald Cummings has another
    child by another girl but Haliegh and Junior
    are by the lady named Crystal. I mean there
    maybe more but that’s the count for now.

  51. ted permalink
    January 2, 2011 4:14 am

    REALLY A VERY SAD STORY ABOUT HALEIGH.. BUT STILL IF THEY THINK MISTY HAD ANTHING TO DO WITH IT THEY HAVE TO PROVE IT IN COURT… GIVING HER 25 YEARS FOR A SMALL AMOUNT OF DRUGS IS BS… YOU KNOW JEB BUSHS DAUGHTER BOUGHT AND SOLD WAY MORE THAN MISTY AND NEVER DID A DAY IN PRISON…

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