Haleigh Search Picks up on her 6th Birthday

Posted August 17, 2009

ORLANDO -- Monday marks the sixth birthday of Haleigh Cummings, the Putnam County girl who has not been seen since February.

Details of a new search for the girl are expected Monday as Haleigh’s family remembers her birthday.

Attorney and child advocate Mark NeJame held a news conference in Orlando Monday, saying a lot of the media attention has been centered around Haleigh’s father ’s struggles with the law.

NeJame said he wants to return the attention to the search for the little girl.

Along with Haleigh’s father, Ronald, and grandmother, Teresa, Texas EquuSearch founder Tim Miller was present at the conference at NeJame’s request.

Miller said EquuSearch spent the better part of the weekend scouring an area of Putnam County, and developing plans.

“We want to do everything that we can do to make sure they don’t go through the next birthday without having Haleigh home safely, or without having her remains and having that funeral, so they can have a place to go visit her, ” Miller said.

“My firm’s role will be limited, although we will be here for anything that needs to be done,” NeJame said. “We are not coming here at the request or as an agent of law enforcement. We are simply helping an grieving family.”

Miller’s search team was in Central Florida in June to search for missing Ocoee woman Tracy Ocasio, but did not turn up anything.

Haleigh is believed to have been kidnapped from her Satsuma home in the middle of the night in February. She has not been seen or heard from since.

A $35,000 reward remains in place for a tip leading to Haleigh’s return. If you have information, call Crime Stoppers at (888) 277-TIPS (8477).