From Caylee To Haleigh

Missing 5-year-old Haleigh Cummings
Missing 5-year-old Haleigh Cummings

Florida is again making national news headlines in the missing child department.  Many of the nations most recognizable missing children stories have originated in Florida.  From tragic story of Jessica Lundsford, to the case of the still missing Trenton Duckett, and then to the more recent Caylee Anthony.  Now the state has yet one more missing girl to add to its roster, that of the missing five-year-old Haleigh Cummings.  This case has the markings of other missing children case.  The circumstances mysterious, the child so sweet and innocent looking, and the public is just as drawn in as any other case.  But none of those have produced any answers thus far.

Central Florida was just getting over the most recent case of Caylee Anthony.  It was just two months ago when the remains were found and identified as Caylee Anthony.  No longer missing she was, but as if the news gods couldn’t give us a break in that department, they bring us Haleigh Cummings.  Haleigh went missing last Monday, February 9 in Putnam County, Florida.  She was last reported to be sleeping in a home with her brother and her father’s 17-year-old girlfriend.  That’s when she apparently vanished.  The girlfriend woke up to find her missing and the door wide open.  She immediately called the authorities and a statewide Amber Alert was put in place.  A massive search over the next couple of days led authorities to say that there’s no reason to believe she simply walked away.

Now just over a week later, the case has turned from a search into an investigation.  Those such as Josh Duckett and George Anthony, who found themselves in a similar situation, came to the north central Florida area to help out Haleigh’s father Ronald Cummings.  There’s also been help from the Kidfinders Network and Texas EquuSearch who both played a significant part in the search for Caylee Anthony just months prior.  Some attention has also been put on another missing person.  This person though is a sexual predator, convicted in Putnam County in 2003, hasn’t been seen since February 1.  At this time investigators are saying he is not a person of interest yet, but questions begged to be answered on his whereabouts nonetheless.

Not for nothin’, but where and when will this end.  It’s unfortunate that the previous cases of missing children that I mentioned earlier all ended with someone’s death, usually that of the child.  Will this be the one that comes out the other way, the way we’re all hoping for?

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