Cadaver dogs do not find Haleigh Cummings

Investigators using cadaver-sensing dogs to check a tip describing the burial site for Putnam County’s missing Haleigh Cummings did not find her there.

The site near the Satsuma doublewide mobile home where the kindergartner disappeared in February had been checked before, said Capt. Dick Schauland of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office. He said the search was retraced last week because the tip provided directions, distances and angles to turn.

“This tip was kind of specific,” he said.

Schauland said a woman who dropped the tip off at the St. Augustine Record Wednesday later told detectives she was passing it on from a retired FBI informant who is in his early 80s. He said she did not name the man.

“Hopefully she will get him to talk to us,” Schauland said. The woman’s name has not been released.

Investigators want to know where the man got his information.

Detectives have investigated more than 4,000 leads in the case.

Cadaver dogs had already checked the spot that was investigated again last week.

Haleigh was 5 years old when she disappeared from the residence where she and her younger brother lived with her father, Ronald Cummings, and his 17-year-old girlfriend, Misty Croslin, who has since married Cummings.

She called 911 early Feb. 10 to say she woke and found Haleigh missing.

Speculation about possible places where Haleigh may be found intensified this month with the draining of an isolated pond south of Palatka. No evidence was found in several days of searching the L-shaped pond in the Mondex area, investigators said.

Since the pond search, two jailhouse letters surfaced written by a friend of Misty Cummings saying police questioned her about another acquaintance describing a party where Haleigh ingested drugs and died and was taken to a pond.

Schauland said the search of the pond was not the result of the letters by Kristina “Naynay” Prevatt, who denied being at any such party.

Schauland said interviews with Prevatt were prompted by leads they were already following.

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