Is the mystery of what happened to Haleigh Cummings about to come to an end?
UPDATE: According to the St. Augustine News, Joe Overstreet was interviewed late last night with his attorneypresent. After about 45 minutes, he was released and returned home.
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Is this the week that Haleigh Cummings will be found? A large group of divers and cadavar dogs are searching a part of the St. Johns River. The divers, dogs, and police officers are going over the area off County Road 309, including the river and woods on either bank. The area being searched is around Shell Harbour Road, and this is very close to the Magnolia Drive house that Misty Croslin’s parents lived in when Haleigh went missing. Lt. Johnny Greenwood from the PCSO, said the area had not been searched before.
Putnam County Sheriff, Jeff Hardy would not elaborate on why they are searching now, or what they are looking for. (although, what appeared to be a blue ice chest was seen being pulled by divers from the river) Hardy said the search will continue “as long as it takes” and he will release information as it becomes available.
The sheriff did say that he gathered Haleigh’s family members, including Ron Cummings, who is incarcerated on drug trafficking charges, to update them on the search taking place about 5 miles south of Haleigh’s Satsuma home. Misty Croslin was transported from her jail cell in St. Johns County to Putnam County where she is also being held on drug trafficking charges, to be interviewed. Misty Croslin’s mother, Lisa Croslin, confirmed that her daughter was taken to Putnam County but was separated from other members of Haleigh’s family. She was held alone in a room before she was returned to St. Johns County. She said Misty told her by phone that she was not interviewed.
This latest activity around the case may have come from information provided by Misty Croslin, the last person to see Haleigh alive. Croslin’s attorney, Robert Fields, said she might have provided information that led to the search. He said Misty may have “shed some light” on who was responsible for Haleigh’s disappearance.
“This latest search was based on information from someone else. Somebody else has possibly been implicated in this. You need to look away from Misty.”
Other sources are saying that Tommy Croslin, Misty’s brother is the person who finally decided to come clean and tell what really happened. He is the one who told authorities where to look for Haleigh.
Although investigators aren’t talking about the nature of this new lead, Misty Croslin’s father, Hank Croslin Sr., said his mother-in-law told him police have surrounded the Nashville, Tennessee home where one of their relatives live. He said he thinks they are waiting for Florida authorities to arrive. (Someone is now in custody, and according to Art Harris, that someone is Joe Overstreet.)
Joseph Overstreet is who Ronald accused of stealing a gun just before Haleigh’s disappearance. He was staying with Hank and Lisa Croslin on Magnolia Drive at the time. Misty said that Joe threatened to get revenge on Ronald after the fight about the gun, and in a television interview said that he “has been a criminal all his life”. He is also the person who supposedly returned a van borrowed from Misty’s sister-in-law with a scratch or dent in it. He is a convicted sex offender. Overstreet was interviewed and later cleared by detectives when Haleigh disappeared.
Tina Overstreet, Joe’s mother, declined to comment when she was reached by phone Tuesday night. However, she did tell a Nashville TV station, WSMV, that her son was at his home in Antioch. He wouldn’t talk to reporters, but she said,
“We have not heard anything from anybody in Florida. I know the little girl is still missing. We’ve not heard anything. My son is at home, not doing anything, bothering nobody. People continue to bother him.”
So, is this it? Did someone, (Misty) finally crack and tell the truth about what happened to little Haleigh? Or, is this just another false alarm? Misty has lied so many times before that I have some major trouble believing she had a “come to Jesus’ moment and just decided to end this today. Supposedly she was scared to death because Joe Overstreet threatened her life, and that’s why she kept quiet all this time–at least that’s we’re hearing. Misty, Tommy, and Joe were all in the house when Joe took Haleigh. I don’t know if that’s true or not, but if, for whatever reason, she (or her brother) knowingly withheld information that would have led to the discovery of Haleigh’s remains, they will all face charges. Between that and the drug trafficking charges, it might be a very long time before Misty Croslin sees the light of day again. A fitting punishment for the person who failed miserably in her responsibility to keep two small children safe the night of February 10, 2009? If Tommy was there too, and these two low-life’s allowed a sex offender (according to Misty, Joe molested her when she was 13) to take Haleigh and then didn’t immediately call 911, they all deserve to rot in prison and then hell.
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