After three years Haleigh's family still waiting

Published On: Feb 09 2012 07:52:49 PM EST

Three years since her disappearance Haleigh Cummings' family remains hopeful she will someday return to them.


Three years since her disappearance Haleigh Cummings' family remains hopeful she will someday return to them.

The little girl disappeared from her home in Satsuma the night of February 9, 2009.

Since that time her paternal grandmother, Teresa Neves, says life has been near impossible.

"I can't tell you how hard it is to get up everyday and hope that it's the day Haleigh comes home," Neves said.

She appeared early Thursday morning on The Morning Show from a home where a large sign featuring two pictures of Haleigh is prominent.

Neves and Crystal Sheffield, Haleigh's mother, are adamant in their belief the girl, who was five when she disappeared, is still alive.

"I have my faith and that's what gets me by," Sheffield said in front of the home she shares with Neves.

Investigators believe Misty Croslin, Haleigh's baby sitter and her father's then girlfriend, holds the key to what happened three years ago.

It is a feeling both Neves and Sheffield share. However, they disagree with authorities concerning what happened that night in 2009.

In April of 2010, investigators took Croslin to a spot on the banks of the St. Johns River and after an exhaustive search admitted they did not believe Haleigh was still alive.

They were reacting to a tip the little girl's body may have been dumped, but Neves says she believes they were there for another reason.

"I was told a different explanation about why they were over there that day," Neves said.

Choking back tears, Sheffield pleaded with whoever took her daughter to bring her.

She also offered a message for Hailey.

"Come home. I want for her to know we're still waiting for her."


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