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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Julie L. Jones

Florida Department of Corrections
Julie L. Jones, Secretary

February 18, 2009
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Corrections Officers and K-9 Units Search for Missing Toddler

On Tuesday, February 11, 2009, Putnam Correctional Institution was contacted by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office in need of assistance in the search for a missing toddler.  Five-year-old Haliegh Cummings was reported missing from her home in Satsuma, a small town located approximately ten miles from Putnam Correctional Institution.  Putnam Correctional Institution responded quickly by sending officers to assist in the search for Haliegh Cummings.  Upon arrival to the staging area, the Officers at Putnam Correctional Institution met with Officers from Tomoka Correctional Institution’s K-9 unit.  There, they assisted by searching the home of Haliegh Cummings and the surrounding area.

Over the course of four days Correctional Officers from Putnam Correctional Institution, Reception and Medical Center/K-9 Unit, Union Correctional Institution/K-9 Unit, Tomoka Correctional Institution/K-9 Unit, New River Correctional Institution, and Gainesville Correctional Institution teamed up in a joint effort with representatives from all levels of law enforcement within the state to assist Putnam County Sheriff’s Office in searching for the missing toddler.  Warden Edwards, Assistant Warden Hill and other staff at Putnam Correctional Institution were instrumental in providing food and water to the family of Haliegh Cummings and all the dedicated staff who volunteered in the search for the missing toddler. To date, she has not been found.

Tomoka CI staff It was a slow and intense search in the woods.
Tomoka CI staff It was a slow and intense search in the woods.

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