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Talk show host worked closely with blogger involved with hiding the child

Commentary by Author Timothy Charles Holmseth


It was bound to happen.

As the Age of Communication swept the globe, its tidal wave of possibilities moving faster than human understanding, the emerging technology seemed to pick up speed as it moved – everywhere you looked, the race was on.

Change can be good, and entrepreneurs of all makes and models marveled at their own thoughts and imaginations as society literally struggled to keep up with the advancements that seemed to move faster than – well – mankind’s darkest thoughts and cruelest plans.

It was going to happen.

The rapid changes in technology and enhanced capabilities in media were tumbling forward, approaching the unprecedented crossroads where natural human love and compassion intersect with the beautiful face of a missing child, only to merge with the basic principles of mass marketing.

Gone now were the days of black and white tabloid newspapers at the grocery store counter, heralding the breaking news and photo of an Alabama man that shot a 47 pound grasshopper in his backyard. No more UFO’s piloted by Jesus beaming a light down on the neighbor lady and taking her away.

No sir – this aint your mamma’s broken heart.

Society was ready to trade in the Weekly World News, Elvis, biblical prophecies, the one-hundredth second coming of Christ, and the occasional UFO for some real blood, sweat, and tears.

It had to happen.

Every remarkable thing has its inventor – every notable date has its entry – every memorable revolution has a bold pioneer – good or bad – and the missing child business was to be no different.

Nancy Grace – queen of the breaking bombshell – had arrived – and she had big plans.

What did Nancy Grace figure out faster than everyone else? What possibilities did she quickly entertain without the burdensome call of conscience? What nuance did she hone in on?

Yep – the babies. She saw the value of the babies.

She was snapping necks and cashing checks.

How did Nancy Grace become the Joyce Meyer of mysteries; the Kate Gosselin of obnoxious re-invention?

The babies.

In 2006 Nancy Grace tormented the mother of a missing child named Trenton Duckett during a live broadcast, to the degree the young woman committed suicide. The family of Melinda Duckett sued, and the matter was subsequently settled; Grace was ordered to pay up.

But Grace was only getting started, folks.

Trenton Duckett was small potatoes in the emerging marketing plan Grace was developing, and in 2008 a missing toddler named Caylee Anthony catapulted her program to heights unimagined by the average malignant narcissist.

But Nancy Grace was ready to leave the Kate Gosselin’s of the world behind. Exploiting a bunch of tired, crying kids was for amateurs who would never ultimately live up to their full potential to completely rob happiness and destroy lives. Sure – Joyce Meyer is a polished fraud, but Nancy Grace was about to get her ‘demon’ on.

It was going to happen.

The Bombshell Queen’s most chilling endeavor – her most ingenious scheme – the most lucrative scenario yet – a brilliant thing it would be – a daring new idea.

An orchestrated kidnapping, produced in real time, in reality show format.

And you saw it happen, folks.

Some people remember where they were when President Kennedy was shot. Others remember where they were when man landed on the moon. Some of the younger ones recall the Twin Towers falling on 9/11/01.

But some will be able to tell their grandchildren – “I remember exactly where I was when that pig Nancy Grace played up that fake kidnapping of that little girl from Florida HaLeigh Cummings”.

You’ll recall the scrolling ad banners – split screens and voice overs – fantastic colors and moving script as the frightened voice of a teenage girl is heard – “I just woke up and our back door was all open and I can’t find my daughter”.

Bye Bye Miss American Pie…

Look in her eyes, folks.

She is a fraud.

It was a manufactured mystery – carefully kept on simmer with dramatic updates and edge of your seat teasers.


Satellites truck on location for the intermittent unveiling of fake leads and framed suspects – new evidence – person’s of interest and breaking news.

It was all bogus, complete crap – garbage brought to you by Nancy Grace and her fake reporter, Art Harris.

I was on the telephone in Minnesota talking to all of them. They told me HaLeigh was being hidden by her family. I heard her grandpa laughing his ass off; I heard them fighting on conference calls; threatening each other.

Watch Nancy Grace when she talks about this subject now.

Look in her eyes.

She is a fraud.

She knows she went too far.

She knows HaLeigh is alive.

She knows that I know.


On February 10, 2009 at approximately 3:27 a.m., a seventeen year-old girl named Misty Croslin telephoned 911 in Putnam County, Florida and told the operator she woke up to find her daughter missing.

The little girl nobody could find was HaLeigh Cummings, 5.

The local Sheriff’s Office must have found this emergency call to be rather suspicious, because, they’d already received a call regarding HaLeigh at 2:13 a.m.

The trailer home, which HaLeigh allegedly vanished from, rendered detectives nothing useful. No signs of forced entry; no forensic evidence indicating foul play. The Sheriff’s Office would not even refer to the trailer as a ‘crime scene’ per say.

The initial police report deemed the incident ‘domestically involved’ and the Sheriff’s Office told the media it was ‘no stranger abduction’.

All in all – HaLeigh was not at her father’s house and, wherever she was at – nobody was talking.

An Amber Alert was issued, which generated national media attention for the little girl.


As time passed, it became very clear the Sheriff’s Office was not going to provide the public with any specific information – with one exception. The Sheriff’s Office would talk about the girl that called 911 at 3:27 a.m. – Misty Croslin. ‘Misty holds the key” is what spokesmen for the sheriff’s office would tell the media.

Sheriff Jeff Hardy, Major Gary Bowling, Captain Dominick Piscitello, Captain Dick Schauland, Lieutenant Johnny Greenwood, and others were all positive the ‘key’ was with Misty.

They were wrong. The key to HaLeigh’s disappearance is the person who made the 2:13 a.m. call.

Misty Croslin didn’t make that call.

Whoever called the police at 2:13 a.m. already knew HaLeigh was gone. The caller wanted a deputy to be dispatched to the trailer so it could be found empty, thus proving Misty and HaLeigh were not there. Actual radio transcriptions show that a deputy was dispatched; and the trailer was found empty.

In September of 2009, the Sheriff’s Office finally squeezed a prisoner into making a statement to that effect. Hank (Tommy) Croslin Jr., the brother of Misty Croslin, told law enforcement he rapped on the door of the Cummings trailer around the 10 o’clock hour but nobody was home.

This creates several questions.

Why wouldn’t the Sheriff’s Office simply issue a public statement, explaining how they sent a deputy to the trailer that night after receiving a call at 2:13 a.m. – why not just announce they know that Misty Croslin was not there and admit they received that 2:13 a.m. call?

Why the secrecy?

It raises a fair question – the police did receive the first call at 2:13 a.m. That is a fact that came from Lt. John Greenwood (now Major) during an interview with the Gainesville Sun. Why did the Sheriff’s Office feel they needed to squeeze the hell out of Tommy Croslin; and then have it be him to claim Misty wasn’t at the trailer?

It’s clear the Sheriff’s Office wanted the public to know Misty wasn’t in the trailer home – but why couldn’t they just come out and say it themselves? The public would much rather hear it from a deputy as opposed to a desperate prisoner.

So here’s the problem – they are protecting the identity of the 2:13 a.m. caller. The person that called the police at 2:13 a.m. already knew HaLeigh was gone. So, if the police won’t disclose the identity of the 2:13 a.m. caller, they are basically covering for that caller – and they are covering to this very day.


So, why would Misty Croslin lie to police and tell them she was at the trailer on the night in question, sleeping beside HaLeigh, only to wake and find her gone – missing – stolen? Why did she feel she needed to say all that? Well, that caller, whose identity is being protected; was attempting to frame Misty – and Misty knew it.

What was Misty being framed for? Why frame her? What was the plan?

Misty Croslin was being framed as the proverbial ‘irresponsible teenage babysitter’. It was probably not the intention of anyone to frame her for murder – just a patsy to create a plausible explanation for how a stranger could come in and take HaLeigh away.

Misty Croslin was going to be set up as the token irresponsible teenage babysitter – it was going to appear that she left HaLeigh alone while she ran around partying and somebody came along and kidnapped HaLeigh.

However, when Misty found out the police were looking for her; she realized what was being done – she knew she was being set up. She high-tailed it to the trailer and claimed she was there all night.

She lied, and placed herself with HaLeigh, so she could control the story. As you will see, as we move on, Misty already knew what happened to HaLeigh.

Why make it look like a kidnapping? Why all this framing stuff?

The reason the 2:13 a.m. caller attempted to frame Misty as an irresponsible teenager that neglected the child, and allowed her to be kidnapped by a stranger, is because HaLeigh was already gone – long gone. HaLeigh had been taken away from her father by her grandpa or people helping him.

Why did grandpa take her?

Because – among other things – HaLeigh was being sexually abused and mistreated.

The frame-up very likely involved Ronald Cumming and his mother, Teresa Neves. They were trying to create a scenario that would explain why HaLeigh was gone, without telling on HaLeigh’s paternal grandpa, Johnny Sheffield.

It will be explained further on why they needed to do that.

Why not just tell on Johnny Sheffield?

Because – Johnny Sheffield and Ronald Cummings had secrets between them – big secrets.


According to a source I interviewed, somebody was murdered shortly before HaLeigh was reported missing.

What’s most interesting about the killing is the amount of individuals that appear to be directly, or indirectly, involved.
Guns were a regular conversation piece for:

Hank Croslin Sr.

Hank Croslin Jr.

Timothy Croslin

Joseph Overstreet

Ronald Cummings

William Staubs

Johnny Sheffield

In a recorded conversation between Ronald Cummings and a private investigator, Cobra Staubs, the two men discuss a pistol that was hidden and washed.

This wasn’t a group of Choir boys – every one of them had serious dirt on the other – they were criminals.


According to Crystal Sheffield’s victim’s abuse advocate, Wayanne Kruger, two men, John and Jeremiah Regan, met Teresa Neves at the home of Ronald Cummings a few days before HaLeigh vanished – Misty Croslin was present.

Remember that – Misty Croslin was present.

What did they all do at the Cummings trailer?

Here is what Kruger told me in a recorded interview.

They took naked photographs of HaLeigh in an illegal transaction involving child pornography. The transaction was captured by John Regan, who was dressed as a pastor and wearing a concealed wire.

Misty Croslin participated by helping to keep HaLeigh calm.

If what Kruger said is true, it explains a lot of things.

Now, before making any critical judgments on Kruger’s credibility, you might want to consider her accomplishments. She authored a book regarding child sex abuse, and her story was featured on the ABC television news magazine 20/20. She has been featured by People magazine. She has intimate knowledge of the human trafficking ‘underground’.

The crazy world of child sex abuse rescue missions is Kruger’s forte.

A separate witness I interviewed described close-up photographs taken of HaLeigh’s vagina, which was damaged by recent sex abuse. According to Kruger, HaLeigh was being molested and pimped-out in a variety of different ways.

There was one other thing Kruger told me. She said the Sheriff’s Office and FBI could not determine if HaLeigh was dead or alive, because she had been recently raped and they didn’t know if she died from the hemorrhaging.

Kruger’s story about HaLeigh possibly being raped and hemorrhaging shortly before she vanished could possibly be disinformation, put out to justify HaLeigh’s disappearance, but the over-arching fact that HaLeigh was being sexually abused is what is most relevant.

So it went like this…

According to Kruger, in a planned operation, blackmail evidence was obtained against Ronald Cummings and Teresa Neves during a child porn shoot. With blackmail evidence as insurance, HaLeigh was taken by her grandpa, and Ronald Cummings didn’t dare tell on him or the porn shoot evidence would be given to police.

So, Ronald Cummings and his mother staged a stranger abduction kidnapping, and Misty Croslin was supposed to get blamed for leaving HaLeigh alone and vulnerable.


HaLeigh disappeared on February 10, 2009 and had been missing for one month.

In March of 2009, at the invitation of Marie Griffis (HaLeigh’s maternal grandmother) and Crystal Sheffield (HaLeigh’s mother), Wayanne Kruger traveled from Arizona to Florida to assist the family and represent Sheffield to the press.

So – who did HaLeigh’s grandmother, Marie Griffis, called upon for a reference regarding Kruger? Kruger said Marie Griffis called Natisha Lance, producer, Nancy Grace Show.


But here is the real twist.

After the scam began to go to hell, Kruger realized she did not want the public to know she was in Florida when HaLeigh vanished. But – she was in Florida when HaLeigh vanished. Kruger was in the immediate area when HaLeigh disappeared. She admitted to me that she was, and she talked to the family on the phone the night HaLeigh disappeared. She was also seen in Orlando at a Caylee Anthony memorial.

Be sure – Kruger and the rest of them do not want anyone to know that.

As noted previously, if anybody was paying attention, they would have noticed Kruger is a child sex abuse advocate that was once featured on ABC’s news magazine 20/20 for a book she wrote about sex abuse of little girls. If anyone looked a little further yet, they would read about Kruger assisting a woman with hiding and transporting her little child to keep her from her abuser.


Kruger was invited to travel to Florida from Arizona by HaLeigh’s family and was given a bed in their home.


It was a planned kidnapping. Kruger was the planner.

So, who was Kruger communicating with before and after she arrived in Florida – besides Marie Griffis and Crystal Sheffield?

The identity of those people will tell you who else was involved.

I’ll tell you who they were.


Kruger was telephoning, texting, and coordinating her activities with a private investigator named William Staubs – a.k.a. ‘Cobra the Bounty Hunter’. He was in negotiations with Discovery Channel and Spike TV for a reality show.

Kruger and Staubs were both communicating with Rev. Richard Grund – a potential prosecution witness in the Casey Anthony trial. Staubs told the media that Grund was his client.

Kruger and Staubs were also in communication with a sleazy washed-up tabloid blogger named Art Harris. This guy is a true degenerate – an Amber Alert pimp working for Nancy Grace.

If you ever had any anger and disgust – Art Harris and Nancy Grace are worthy of complete and utter contempt from the American public.

Harris, a sleazy wannabe media writer, accepted drug money as payment from Staubs to publish cooked up stories on his website and feed information to Nancy Grace. Harris developed articles that made innocent people look guilty and re-directed focus from those who were actually responsible for HaLeigh’s disappearance.

He fed his fake information to Nancy Grace and appeared on her program – lying to the public.

According to a former colleague, Harris was fired by CNN during the first Gulf War after jeopardizing the lives of U.S. troops in the field – a pissed off sergeant drove him away from the troop encampment and kicked him out of the jeep.

Harris and Grace tell the public he won two Emmy awards so people think he is honest – according to his former colleague he is a liar – CNN won the awards, not him.

Additionally, Kruger was working alongside a father and son team that showed up out of nowhere, John and Jeremiah Regan.

Kruger, Staubs, Harris, Grund, John, and Jeremiah Regan were all in contact and communication with Marie Griffis and Crystal Sheffield (HaLeigh’s mom and grandma). Also present was staff members Jerri Green, Donna Wagoner, and Donald Knop. Most of them shared a motel block.

Kruger says she attempted to go to the police and tell the truth about HaLeigh. She says John and Jeremiah Regan prevented her from doing so. She said John Regan told her he was an “undercover pervert” working for the FBI – pretending to be a (fake) pedophile to catch (real) pedophiles.

Shortly after Kruger attempted to spill the beans, she was poisoned in a motel room and almost died. She says Staubs pulled a gun on her and Jeremiah Regan pricked her with a needle that caused her to develop a metallic taste in her mouth and feel as if she was going under anesthesia – she said a doctor later determined she had a mild heart attack – when it happened nobody would call 911.

Yeah – those were the consequences of trying to go to the police. Kruger exited a few days after she was poisoned – essentially escaping with her life. Kruger is believed to have video of HaLeigh Cummings, which she shot with her I-Phone.

For the next couple of months the charlatans wrought havoc on the area. Sleazy Harris pretended to be a journalist and wrote cheesy articles promoting Cobra the Bounty Hunter and his Team. Staubs and Harris targeted specific drug addicts, black men, and local pedophiles for sensationalized stories to cast suspicion on them; and away from Crystal Sheffield and the group that was hiding HaLeigh.

Harris kept a steady stream of information flowing to HLN and Nancy Grace.

Kruger would later reveal in recorded interviews that John Regan was part of an international baby-brokering, human-trafficking operation in South Florida. The details of what Kruger described would make you physically ill. The actual interview between Kruger and I is now in FBI evidence.

She named names.

Jeremiah Regan had solicited donations from businesses, sought rental property, and the group quickly had a building they called the HaLeigh Bug Center. Simultaneously, they erected a website called and a foundation called HaLeigh Bug.

The web domain was in the name of Jeremiah Regan – yet – a few weeks prior to HaLeigh’s disappearance, Jeremiah Regan lived in New York.

Staubs told the Jacksonville Times-Union that HaLeigh Bug was supposed to be grown into an international search firm that hunted down missing children and he was going to be the chief investigator.

By mid-summer of 2009, a great many plans appeared to be in ruin.

Kruger had exited in March, but remained in contact with members of the group by phone and text. Harris was gone. He only appeared on obscure basement productions of Web radio programs to an audiences of 10-20 people. He can no longer operate a business that features his sleazy name.

Recordings of Harris, captured by Staubs, and given to me, revealed Harris had been bad-mouthing his colleague Nancy Grace and talking about how much trouble she could get into with the law for the things she was doing.

Staubs was free on bond after being arrested by the Sheriff’s Office and charged with felony false imprisonment.

Crystal Sheffield was reportedly devastated in the wake of the worst decisions she ever made, and some of the professional service providers she chose to obtain resulted in the destruction of her life and future. Sheffield subsequently hired a good lawyer that directed a Cease and Desist letter to the charlatans of the past. They were legally admonished to stop talking publicly about her child.

But, did anything happen before the gang was gone that could lend any clues to the truth about HaLeigh’s whereabouts and fate.

Yes, it did.

It happened on April 26-27, 2009 between Brunson, South Carolina and Satsuma, Florida.


On April 26, 2009 at approximately 6:30 p.m., a woman and her husband believed they witnessed the missing child HaLeigh Cummings at the Tiger Express gas station in Brunson, South Carolina.

The witnesses reported to law enforcement what they had seen. They called it in to America’s Most Wanted. They also sent the information to Florida Attorney Mark Nejame (which produced a publicly available document of the event).

The couple reported seeing HaLeigh Cummings in the custody of a man and a woman. When the man noticed HaLeigh had been recognized, he made the child lay down on the floor boards of the car. The vehicle exited the gas station, turned, and continued in the direction of Florida.

A few hours later…

On April 27, 2009 at 12:47 a.m., a 911 call was made. Assistance was being requested at a commercial facility in Satsuma, Florida called the HaLeigh Bug Center. The caller was Sara Sheffield – she was requesting medical assistance for her sister, Crystal Sheffield, HaLeigh’s mother. Sara Sheffield reported to responding deputies that a man dressed in black had been lurking around outside the HaLeigh Bug Center. She told the officer her sister fell down and hit her head and was having a seizure.

I interviewed the Sheffield family’s private investigator, William Staubs regarding this event. In fact, I interviewed most every professional working around Crystal Sheffield at the time. Each person provided me riveting details of a very dramatic event.

Every person I interviewed described a chaotic bloody scene. One rendition of events included several men being present, (multiple) babies crying, adults screaming and arguing, family members in vehicles were arriving and leaving, paramedics interacting with licensed professionals, and sheriff’s deputies questioning witnesses.

All of my interviews regarding that matter were recorded on audio. I possess audio proof of all the statements by each witness. For purposes of this article, I am going to focus on what Staubs told me.


William Staubs told me he was present and spoke face to face with a police officer. Others I interviewed also claimed to have spoken with paramedics and police officers and confirmed what Staubs claimed.

The alleged interaction between witnesses, and, police officers and paramedics, will become very relevant as you will see (because the Police Report says the opposite occurred).

William Staubs told me the Sheffield girls had a baby in the building and he discussed how they handled that situation.

William Staubs: “…and then there was a concern as I recall as to where this little child would end up going too – they had a cute looking baby – so they decided to give it to somebody else yadda yadda yadda I can’t – the story is kind of sketchy there as far as what I remember, but they turned the kid over to somebody else”

Timothy Holmseth: What kid?

William Staubs: “The baby. Some baby. They were babysitting some baby or something They had to get rid of this baby, and I think it was the new kid that, if memory serves me correct it was the new child that Crystal and her boyfriend have there. I can’t remember what his name is off the top of my head but I said well is it – and I gave – I’m not watching the kid – I’m not sitting here watching the kid so they called and somebody else came and picked up the child and then Crystal was transported to the hospital…”

I possess audio of a complete statement from Staubs.

Staubs describes arriving at the same time as another vehicle, which itself contains several occupants. They then found Crystal Sheffield bleeding profusely. He says approximately five minutes passed, and then he heard the sirens approaching.

Five minutes – make note of that – FIVE MINUTES.

Staubs talks about getting a towel for Crystal Sheffield who is still bleeding. He also describes Sara Sheffield walking him through what she claimed happened. He examines a hatchet he finds. The group then confers about what to do with a baby that is present at the scene. It is decided a relative should be called to come and pick the child up, which is then done. A relative is called who comes and picks up a baby.

But remember, he heard the sirens approaching within five minutes of his arrival.

There is a problem with what Staubs is saying. The problem is in the police report and there is no escaping it. The police report only reports Sara and Crystal Sheffield as being present (Crystal was erroneously referred to as Crystal Cummings in the report).

Other than police officers, the only other witness listed is the neighbor man.

Not only that – there’s NO BABY. The police report says there were NO MINOR children present.

What does this mean?

If you take the police report at face value, William Staubs was not present when the police arrived, nor was any of the other people that told me they were present.

They had all split the scene – with the baby (HaLeigh Cummings).

Staubs said they decided to have a cousin come and pick the child up. In a separate interview he told me he personally put the child in a car in front of the HaLeigh Bug Center.

Staubs said he spoke with Crystal Sheffield’s mother, Marie Griffis, to make sure it was okay to send the child away in a vehicle.

Staubs said he heard the sirens five minutes after his arrival. So, when did all this telephone activity regarding the ‘baby’ take place? What Staubs describes is ‘calling’ someone well after midnight (presumably waking them up) and asking them to come and pick up a baby. He then has the entire task being accomplished before the approaching the sirens arrive.

Remember, he heard the sirens approaching within five minutes of his own arrival.

The police report stated no minor children were present at the scene.

Now – what really went on, you wonder?

Well – probably this.

Staubs was staking the place out (the man dressed in black – peeking in the windows). When HaLeigh arrived from Georgia (having passed through Brunson, South Carolina where she was seen at the gas station) Cobra Staubs kicked the door in on the HaLeigh Bug Center (he told me he kicked the door in) and took HaLeigh away from her mother and gave her to her grandpa.

Now – hold on to your socks, because I am going to tell you what happened when I first tried to get a copy of that police report.

In the fall of 2010, I telephoned the Records department in Putnam County to request all available documentation on the event that took place per the 911 call on April 27, 2009.

Guess what?

The computer system contained no record whatsoever of the event. According to the computer system where all the records are kept – the whole thing NEVER HAPPENED.


I had to fight it out with the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office and involve the FBI before they suddenly ‘found’ it.


HaLeigh’s disappearance has been classified as both a kidnapping and homicide. The press releases by the Sheriff’s Office are confusing to most, because although homicide is discussed, HaLeigh’s has an Amber Alert that classifies her as Missing and Endangered.

To help you understand this seeming discrepancy, we will go through the finer details and developments of the case, to explain why the case has appeared to toggle between these two classifications.

Approximately two weeks after HaLeigh’s disappearance, a quasi anomaly appeared in the investigation when cadaver dogs hit on a dumpster near HaLeigh’s home; but nothing was found. The dumpster hit was perplexing – if a body had been in the dumpster, where did it go? Why wasn’t the dumpster hit on immediately on the night HaLeigh was reported missing?

I will get back to that dumpster, but first, let’s look at some other searches that followed.

Law enforcement conducted several different searches – focusing primarily on bodies of water. In June, 2009 law enforcement searched property in Baker County, Florida on the property of HaLeigh’s maternal grandmother, Marie Griffis. In September, 2009 a pond was drained after receiving a tip.

It was never clear exactly what law enforcement was searching for during these targeted events.

By early 2010, several persons of interest in HaLeigh’s disappearance were in the custody of the PCSO on un-related drug charges. Misty Croslin and her brother, Hank Croslin Jr., were talking to police. While the Croslins were discussing various details about an alleged murder of the little girl, they did not confess to murdering HaLeigh. Rather, they provided statements implicating a family cousin from Tennessee named Joe Overstreet.

Law enforcement had long since interviewed Overstreet and cleared him. Polygraph tests administered on Misty Croslin did not confirm the new story she was giving law enforcement.

In April of 2010, based upon information emerging from the jail, an extensive search of the St. John’s River was conducted by multiple agencies and counties including Putnam, Clay, Marion, as well as the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. Amidst this River search, the PCSO announced the missing person case had been converted into a homicide investigation.

It is at this point you might begin to consider and ponder the idea that a person may have been killed around the time HaLeigh vanished; a person that was NOT HaLeigh Cummings (because that’s what happened).

Major Gary Bowling, director of law enforcement, PCSO, was asked by the Gainesville Sun how officers reached the decision that the case was now a homicide. Bowling said, “It’s a lot of information over the last few weeks. None of us believe we are looking for an alive child anymore.”

Fair enough.

Now – what Major Bowling said was very significant – because according to the Director, the classification of the case affected the Amber Alert status. “You lose the Amber Alert out of that, but that’s the only significant difference between any tool or investigative strategy that changes or diminishes,” Bowling told the Palatka Daily News.

The Amber Alert was cancelled by the classification change Major Bowling said so.

HaLeigh’s new status will also keep the investigation on the path to her killer rather than the person that abducted her, Bowling said.

The idea that HaLeigh was dead was to be an idea short-lived.

The PCSO was about to discover something from me (Timothy Charles Holmseth), that would jump start the entire investigation, and will certainly change what you think about HaLeigh’s welfare status. Likewise, it will illuminate what law enforcement continues to refer to as a homicide investigation.

Let’s re-cap the events of April 26-27, 2009 – you will soon be amazed because that event, in conjunction with my request for the police report regarding the event, resulted in HaLeigh’s Amber Alert being re-instated.

On April 27, 2009 Putnam County Emergency Management (PCEM) dispatched an ambulance to a facility called the HaLeigh Bug Center in Satsuma, Florida after receiving a 911 emergency call from Sarah Sheffield – the sister of Crystal Sheffield (HaLeigh’s mother).

Now – remember – HaLeigh had been sighted at approximately 6:30 p.m., April 26 at the Tiger Express gas station in Brunson, South Carolina in the company of a man and woman traveling in the direction of Florida. The man would later be picked out of a group of pictures by the witness, who said she recognized him to be the man shown in a photo of Jeremiah Regan, administrator, HaLeigh Bug Center.

During multiple interviews I conducted, I learned about the late night incident at the HaLeigh Bug Center that resulted in a 911 call, and understood its shocking implications.

In the fall of 2010 I contacted Major (then Lieutenant) Johnny Greenwood, public information officer, PCSO, and asked him for the police report generated by the April 27, 2009 law enforcement activity at the HaLeigh Bug Center. Major Greenwood advised me there was no record of any such event – he said no police were at any such scene.

Of course, I knew better, because I had conducted so many interviews with so many people present at the scene, it was a no-brainer. It was even covered by the mainstream media at the time; including a news piece by T.J. Hart, news director, WSKY.

I decided to contact the department that handles records and emergency management dispatches in Putnam County, Florida. I called and was told the computer system did not contain any records of any emergency management personnel being dispatched to that location.

The records had all disappeared from the computer. You can listen to the telephone call I made (below).

I contacted Major Greenwood again. I told him I had conducted extensive recorded interviews that would prove what occurred at the HaLeigh Bug Center that night. I included the Jacksonville FBI in the email exchange. I became very forward and aggressive with my request.

Major Greenwood then found the police report. He said it had not originally appeared because the right words were not being used in the search.

Major Greenwood’s explanation did not reasonably account for an entire event disappearing from the mainframe computer system; but that’s for another time.

The narrative of the police report did not, in any way, shape, or form match what I had been told about the events of that night. I had been told of multiple people – crying and arguing – cars coming and going, small children being placed in automobiles and quickly taken away. Blood everywhere – fighting, screaming, arguing, phone calls, and wailing babies.


Shortly thereafter, HaLeigh’s cancelled Amber Alert was re-instated (the first time in American history that a cancelled Amber Alert was re-instated).

In this same time-window, Peggy Cone, the former lead detective of the HaLeigh Task Force (quietly) retired from the PCSO.

It is very clear – somebody took measures to hide the entire paper trail regarding the April 26-27, 2009 event. The subsequent activities by the Sheriff’s Office regarding Detective Cone provide a pretty good idea of where one might want to place their focus on that matter.

Major Bowling advised me of Cone’s departure, and noted a new detective had been assigned to the case and it was very active.


When law enforcement re-instated HaLeigh’s Amber Alert – the message and reality was loud and clear – HaLeigh was not dead.

Obviously, this creates questions about the on-going “criminal investigation” being conducted by the PCSO, which they called a “homicide investigation” shortly before I exposed the HaLeigh Bug Center incident and hidden records.

Okay – now we will now jump back to the bizarre event that took place in February of 2009, when several German Shepherd cadaver dogs hit on a dumpster near HaLeigh’s home – but no body was found inside the dumpster.

I learned during an interview with a witness, who I am not going to name (but have named to PCSO) that a man was allegedly murdered in the home of Ronald Cummings shortly before HaLeigh was reported missing.

The homicide involved a gun and considerable activity took place with disposing of the body.

I have provided the names of the individuals that were allegedly present during the violent murder to the PCSO and FBI.
As you can see, the disappearance of HaLeigh Cummings can be classified as either a kidnapping investigation, homicide investigation, or criminal investigation.

It’s all of them.

Nancy Grace and her colleague, Art Harris, presented the fake kidnapping of HaLeigh Cummings as a real-time mystery

Nancy Grace and her colleague, Art Harris, presented the fake kidnapping of HaLeigh Cummings as a real-time mystery

by Timothy Charles Holmseth

Sandy Hatte, 60, abducted her baby grandson from Florida in 2000 and evaded detection by moving the boy around Missouri for over ten years until officials at a school became suspicious when she enrolled him.

Hatte is presently charged with a felony and a $25,000 bond has been set.

Livingston County sheriff’s detective Eric Menconi told the AP that investigators have been trying to determine why the boy’s name was not on any missing child registries.

“There was never an Amber Alert. Nothing was filed with the FBI or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children,” Menconi told the AP.

Although it is known the child disappeared from Florida, authorities are being tight lipped about releasing any names or the city or county the child disappeared from.

The fact that something appears out of the ordinary with records, and the Amber Alert status of a missing child from Florida, is not entirely uncommon.

In 2009 Timothy Charles Holmseth (me) began conducting interviews with the legal team working for the mother of the missing child HaLeigh Cummings.

In 2010 I requested records from the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO), after learning HaLeigh had likely been present at an incident in Satsuma, Florida that resulted in a 911 call on April 26-27, 2009 to which police and paramedics responded.

The PCSO public relations officer emailed me back and claimed the Sheriff’s Department had no knowledge of the incident.

I telephoned the records office and spent a long time on the phone with the clerk as she searched the records for any incident at the location in question on April 26-27, 2009. The Clerk stated there was no records whatsoever in the computer system recording such an event.

Florida law requires 911 calls be recorded and documented.

I contacted Lt. (now Major) Johnny Greenwood, PCSO, and demanded the records be produced without further delay. I provided quotes from interviews with licensed professionals that were present at the scene that claimed they had spoken to the police and paramedics. I also copied the email to the FBI.

Greenwood emailed me back a short time later, stating he had found the police records. He had also found the dispatch records for the ambulance that were missing when I called.

Then – within a short period of time, several strange things occurred.

1.A man named John Regan, Hastings, Florida who I had reported to the FBI, after multiple witnesses told me he had been impersonating an FBI agent, claiming he was an “undercover pedophile”, suddenly (allegedly) died of cancer.

2.The lead detective on the HaLeigh Task Force, Peggy Cone, quietly exited the Sheriff’s Office – her career in law enforcement over.

3.HaLeigh Cummings’ Amber Alert was (quietly) reinstated.

The suspicious behavior and activities by the Sheriff’s Office in Putnam County had an explanation, according to the advocate that traveled to Florida to represent HaLeigh’s mother, Crystal Sheffield.

During interviews, Kruger told me she was working with John Regan, and he told her the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office in Palatka, Florida is operating a human sex trafficking operation.

Read – EXPOSED! Wayanne Kruger exposes Kidnapping Inc.

by Timothy Charles Holmseth

An entire billboard dedicated to the missing child HaLeigh Cummings stands along the Florida Turnpike where motorists can’t miss the little girl’s image.

Donald Knop, Florida, worked for Crystal Sheffield as a law staffer and quasi private investigator during the search for Sheffield’s daughter HaLeigh in the spring of 2009 – he saw the sign and decided to take a photo.

The massive investment into HaLeigh testifies that law enforcement in Florida believes HaLeigh is alive and can be found.

Public concern continues to grow regarding various individuals that have been contacting case witnesses and making threats; demanding witnesses stop saying HaLeigh is alive.

The behavior and activities of Levi Page, Tennessee, are reportedly being investigated by law enforcement. Page has been harassing case witnesses that say the missing child is alive, and appears to be on a personal mission with another to convince the public the child is deceased.

The FBI, FDLE, and Putnam County Sheriff’s Office all seek information from the public, and publish Amber Alerts declaring HaLeigh as Missing and Endangered.

Maria Burgun, Florida, has met with the Southern District FBI and provided them names of who she believes they need to talk to regarding who took HaLeigh. Burgun believes money she borrowed out for a business endeavor was used to finance the events surrounding HaLeigh’s abduction.

Burgun’s brother, Edward Boyle, Florida, said he was repeatedly contacted by Page via social networking. Boyle said Page, a complete stranger, wanted to be friends. “I said ‘listen here Cinderella, you’re no friend of mine,'” Boyle said, noting he is suspicious of Page.

Knop said he has not lost hope they will find HaLeigh, and even offered a small glimpse of his thoughts on the ongoing investigation.

“Protected people are protected people until they’re not,” Knop said.

HaLeigh Cummings is classified as Missing and Endangered.

HaLeigh Cummings is classified as Missing and Endangered.


Posted: September 20, 2013 in Uncategorized

(Q) “How many (children) have you killed?”

(A) “Six”

East Grand Forks, MN; September 20, 2013: The Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Polk County Attorney’s Office, and 9th Minnesota District Judge have received a full transcript that contained a confession from a Florida man that he killed six children.

The man, William Murtaugh, recently emailed Timothy Charles Holmseth and requested sexual information about his kids. The request for information was an extortion/blackmail attempt that involved several others. The others are known to the East Grand Forks Police Department and City Attorney Ronald Galstad. Holmseth reported the incident immediately when it happened.

Murtaugh subsequently published the names of Holmseth’s children on the Web.

In a full transcription that can be read at
Murtaugh jovially chats about raping and killing children and claims to have killed a missing child named Trenton Duckett. He says Casey Anthony got to her daughter Caylee before him, and suggests he would have raped the toddler to death if he had the chance.

Murtaugh discusses a mall he is going to in Florida to find a child. The horrible tragedy of Dru Sjodin has some feeling that Murtaugh’s statements provide a disturbing look into the mind of another Alfonso Rodriquez Jr.

There is a court hearing scheduled for October 9, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at the Polk County Justice Center in Crookston, Minnesota that will address this matter.

For photos and court documents and other information go to:

Investigating the investigators

Posted: September 11, 2013 in Uncategorized

Organized corruption and the ever expendable Florida female

by Timothy Charles Holmseth

When I received a telephone call that about the detective that once led the search for HaLeigh Cummings, and was alerted he was being terminated from the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) my mind immediately imagined the details.

Hot cup of coffee in hand, I was ready to sit down and read about the final dirty deal of Detective John Merchant.

Merchant’s name came up often during interviews I conducted over the years with witnesses in the HaLeigh Cummings case. Many of my interviews were with drug addicts and dealers; Merchant was invariably connected to the narcotics trade.

One commonly held assertion on the streets of Palatka, Florida is that Merchant is a dirty cop that took bribes and kept evidence he seized. I was told he once received ‘desk-duty’ after cocaine was found in the trunk of his car. Another source told me an expensive boat, which he had seized from a drug dealer, was found on his property.

As I began to read the press release issued by the Sheriff’s Office, I was prepared for the big news.

Stalking … text messages …


He was under investigation for stalking? This was about a temporary injunction obtained by his ex-girlfriend due to un-wanted text messages?

Was this a joke?

I guess when it comes to the Sheriff’s Office in Putnam County – some things never change.

The press release gave the details.

Sheriff Hardy opened his investigation after Merchant’s girlfriend obtained a temporary injunction against him. The Sheriff’s internal affairs investigation found probable cause for a criminal complaint to be filed against Merchant for stalking his ex-girlfriend using text messages.

I’ve seen enough bogus ‘stalking claims’ and ‘Injunction scams’ to last me a lifetime. The Florida family court division is notorious for involving itself in non-family issues and personal vendettas. In some instances it has been used to lay groundwork to escape business contracts and protect criminal enterprises.

I was forced to accept I knew absolutely nothing about why Merchant was fired.

As a central figure in law enforcement’s investigation into the disappearance of HaLeigh Cummings, Merchant is not alone in his grim fate.

In early 2009, Detective Peggy Cone, missing persons division, PCSO, was assigned to the HaLeigh Task Force – alongside Merchant.

The two detectives co-investigated the matter under the oversight of the major crimes chief, Captain Dominic Piscitello. In early 2011 Cone exited the sheriff’s office.

Cone was discharged quietly with no press coverage. The PCSO brass never announced the reason for her abrupt departure, but the first clue surfaced when HaLeigh’s cancelled Amber Alert was suddenly reinstated.

Although the two lead detectives that were originally assigned to investigate HaLeigh’s disappearance had now been shown to the door, there is no indication either dismissal included any assistance by an outside investigation or external mechanism.

Meaning – the terminations appear to be more consistent with internal damage control than a healthy function of good leadership.

In February of 2009, Dominick Pape, special agent in charge, directed the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s (FDLE) regional operations center in Jacksonville, Florida.

Pape was overseeing the HaLeigh Cummings investigation at the State level.

Despite what is now public knowledge regarding problems with the investigators on the case (Merchant and Cone) – no concerns regarding the PCSO were ever raised by the FDLE.

Apparently – what happens in Putnam County stays in Putnam County.

But 2010 was a busy year, nonetheless.

While Merchant and Cone were busy with the HaLeigh Cummings case, a less reported issue had investigators in neighboring St. John’s County buzzing about – and things were about to heat up.

Pape and the FDLE believed a deputy sheriff may have committed cold blooded murder.

The alleged facts and circumstances are disturbing.

On September 2, 2010 Michelle O’Connell, 24, was involved with Jeremy Banks, a deputy at the St. John’s Count Sheriff’s Office (SJSO).

The couple was at home, alone, and, at some point, O’Connell was shot and killed with Banks’ service firearm.

The SJSO investigation into O’Connell’s death resulted in a finding of suicide. The determination was criticized and vigorously challenged by O’Connell’s family.

The family remained dedicated and vigilant in their quest for further investigation. Likewise, Pape and another FDLE agent, Rusty Rogers, did not support the suicide conclusion, and spoke to some extent with the family of O’Connell.

The diligent efforts of O’Connell’s family soon paid off when a medical examiner revised his original conclusion, changing his finding from ‘suicide’ to ‘shot by another person’.

The death of O’Connell rapidly evolved into a suspicion-driven story that caught the attention of the media and public.

Despite what appeared to be a grocery list of problems with the suicide finding, St. John’s County Sheriff David Shoar adamantly asserts he is entirely confident O’Connell’s death was a suicide.

Pape and Rogers contend the young mother’s death, was a homicide; that the evidence, facts, and circumstances surrounding the shooting of O’Connell show she could not have shot herself.

Shoar, incensed with Pape and Rogers, asserts the two FDLE agents improperly influenced O’Connell’s family to make them believe things that were not true, and in doing so, behaved so un-ethically that, should they ever work in law enforcement again, he would not allow them into the secure section of his sheriff’s office.

Shoar’s criticism was sharp, alleging Rodgers falsified information for search warrants, improperly influenced medical authorities, coached witnesses, and acted as an advocate to the O’Connell family, rather than an objective investigator.

Shoar also criticized Pape for supporting Rodgers and accused both men of lacking credibility.

In March of 2013 Shoar submitted a 152-page report to FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey regarding the matter.

The war of words appeared to be primarily one sided, with Shoar the angry aggressor, leveling many accusations against Pape and Rogers.

In April of 2013 Pape announced he was retiring to accept a job offer in the private sector, while Rogers was asked to turn in his gun and badge until an investigation could be completed.

Shoar states one of the reasons he requested an investigation, which will bring scrutiny onto his own department, is because a New York Times investigative reporter was working the story.

Shoar’s mention of the New York Times reporter is significant, because when this happens, officials find themselves forced to contend with an entity that does not answer to their localized power structure.

While Commissioner Bailey investigates Shoar’s allegations against Pape and Rogers, and a New York Times reporter investigates the O’Connell death, a Minnesota journalist has a renewed interest in Pape’s days with Putnam County detectives during the search for HaLeigh Cummings.

The final fate of Merchant, Cone, and ultimately, Pape, has stimulated conversations about the all-around integrity of the Cummings investigation.

If Pape’s professional observations regarding the integrity of the O’Connell case are true, then the twenty-five year veteran of law enforcement appears to be an instinctive and dedicated investigator.

However, if Pape is an instinctive and dedicated investigator, his complete lack of concern or interest in the (now terminated) detectives on the Cummings case seems oddly out of character.

Indeed, the suspicious details surrounding the death of O’Connell are compelling and many. For instance, it is alleged witnesses heard a woman cry for help, just before O’Connell was shot. Body positioning, blood splatter, and various subtle details seem to point away from the girl’s death being a suicide.

But the suspicious nature of the evidence found at the scene of O’Connell’s death, which involved a sheriff’ deputy, pales in comparison to what was going on inside the investigation into the disappearance of HaLeigh Cummings.

Answers to the lingering questions require a close look at the timeline of events in the Cummings case, with a focus on the spring of 2010.

In April of 2010 the Satsuma kindergartner had been missing for over a year. Pape and the FDLE were active on the case when Sheriff Hardy in Putnam County made a major move.

Based upon information investigators received from prisoners being held in his jail, Hardy decided a massive river search was in order. The search would focus on a body of water near a pier on the St. John’s River.

Although valuable information sometimes pops up in a county jail, the facts and circumstances surrounding Hardy’s big break in the case include a Paul Harvey version of the story.

Sheriff Hardy certainly knew that James Werter, the attorney representing one of Hardy’s river search sources, Tommy Croslin, filed a motion to the court alleging PCSO officers locked Croslin in a jail cell with defective plumbing, where he was forced to breathe feces and gasses with no relief.

However – Croslin was allowed to breathe fresh air when taken out for questioning.


Boats, helicopters, and scuba divers were mobilized, in what appeared on television to be a major breakthrough for investigators in their search for HaLeigh.

But – impressions soon changed.

The event did not render any evidence whatsoever, and appeared to have only been useful to the infotainment industry that had been selling the HaLeigh Cummings mystery like over-priced caramel apples at a county fair.

While news cameras shot footage of law enforcement amidst their search for something believed to be in the river, cameras zoomed in to show detectives had removed Tommy Croslin’s little sister, Misty Croslin, from her jail cell and brought her to the scene, where she stood in handcuffs on the pier.

Misty Croslin is one of two people that made calls to police to report HaLeigh missing on February 10, 2009. While the PCSO has never revealed to the public the identity of the person that made the first call to police, Misty Croslin had long since become the star of the show.

Standing on the end of a pier, in handcuffs and a jail uniform, Misty Croslin was showcased talking to detectives.

Child-exploitation-based cable programs such as Nancy Grace scrolled words across the bottom of the television screen that indicated HaLeigh was dead, even going as far as showing a graphic that indicated the program was now honoring HaLeigh’s ‘memory’.

Grace continuously talked about ‘HaLeigh’s bones’ being found.

Hardy promptly announced to the media that new information led them to believe HaLeigh Cummings was likely dead. He said the case was now a homicide investigation.

Major Gary Bowling, director of law enforcement, PCSO, told reporters the development would result in the active Amber Alert for HaLeigh being taken down.

However, the hoopla of the media blitz and river search soon faded, and news reports came out that the police had found animal bones in the water, placed them on the dock, and told Croslin the bone’s were “HaLeigh”.

In reality – nothing of value was found. The tip had come from desperate prisoners.

Misty Croslin, in a later interview from jail, explained investigators told her the bones on the dock were HaLeigh’s bones. In a rather compelling show of dignified anger and sadness, the eighteen year-old girl lamented that she’d had nightmares because of what the detectives told her, and chastised their irresponsible actions saying ‘you don’t do that somebody!’

The elaborate and expensive production of a river search is now believed by informed researchers to have been little more than an elaborate hoax, deployed to create the subconscious impression that HaLeigh Cummings is dead and Misty Croslin knows what happened to her.

In time, Misty Croslin, a surviving rape and abuse victim that had been raised by (intermittently) homeless drug addicted parents, having no prior criminal record, was convicted on drug trafficking charges, and nobody even blinked when the little girl standing in handcuffs by “HaLeigh bones” was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

But – as the disturbing case of Michelle O’Connell has shown, things are often not as they seem – and an independent investigator or journalist can bring about significant shifts in public perception based upon truth and reality.

And that is what happened.

In the fall of 2010 I (Timothy Charles Holmseth) made a public records request to the PCSO. I contacted Major John Greenwood and asked for a copy of a police report that documented an event that occurred in Satsuma, Florida on April 26-27, which I had been told about during journalistic interviews.

The reality of the event I was inquiring about was established in the mainstream media when it was mentioned by WSKY in Gainesville.

With the mystery surrounding HaLeigh’s bizarre disappearance becoming a national phenomenon, even surpassing the search that ultimately located the body of little Caylee Anthony in Orlando, I found myself competing with other reporters for unique information and leads in a highly competitive industry.

But this time, armed with recorded interviews from high profile players, I had the exclusive of a lifetime.

I had just requested a document that would bring a dead child back to life.

My insight into the dates of April 26-27, 2009 would soon show that not only do reporters make a difference, but sometimes, they cause seasoned gamblers to blink.

John Greenwood told me the report I was seeking did not exist. He said his officers were not at any such scene. He insulted me, and threw his weight around in a way that would have probably caused me to back down if I had not been an experienced government reporter.

The knee-jerk reaction by Greenwood and Hardy’s department was to circle the wagons and keep out an interloper, resembling the behavior of Sheriff Shoar, when a New York Times reporter became involved in his world, and his department’s suicide finding was challenged regarding Michelle O’Connell’s death.

It appears these county sheriffs’s in Florida are not real excited about journalists analyzing their performance.

I sent Greenwood quotes from interviews I conducted with members of Crystal Sheffield’s staff that were present at the incident recorded in the Police Report I was seeking. The quotes from my interviews proved staff members claimed to have personally spoken to police and paramedics at the scene.

The license and title of the source I quoted created a problem for the PCSO – I had the goods. I then involved the Jacksonville FBI because Greenwood was hiding something – and presto – the records were magically found and turned over – excuses abound.

As the records were turned over, Cone (quietly) exited the Sheriff’s Office, but more importantly, the cancelled Amber Alert for HaLeigh Cummings was (quietly) reinstated.

HaLeigh Cummings had been brought back to life by a police report that was not supposed to exist.

Strangely – the re-issued Amber Alert received very little press coverage, as if it was hush-hush. What should have been wonderful news, in an ever-growing mystery that had just received a strong dose of hope, was kept quiet.

Strange – because the purpose of an Amber Alert is ask the public to watch for a specific missing child.

There are questions created by that deafening silence.

Why did Sheriff Hardy hold a massive search for ‘HaLeigh’s bones’ but hide under his desk when the child’s cancelled Amber Alert was reinstated?

The answer to the questions involves the hidden police report and the extended events of April 26-27, 2009.

Multiple law enforcement agencies received a sighting report from Teresa and Mark Knight, Grovetown, Georgia. The couple reported that on April 26, 2009 at approximately 6:30 p.m. they saw the administrator of the HaLeigh Bug Center, Jeremiah Regan, accompanied by a woman, with HaLeigh Cummings, at a gas station in Brunson, South Carolina.

The car exited the parking lot and headed in the direction of Florida. The Knight’s actually saw the man (Jeremiah Regan) make HaLeigh lay down on the floor-boards of the car when he realized people were staring at her.

Approximately six hours after the Brunson sighting, all hell broke loose at a building called the HaLeigh Bug Center in Satsuma, Florida. Interestingly, Jeremiah Regan’s name was not in the police report I acquired, although everybody I interviewed that was present said he was at the scene.

The event, according to the staff working for Crystal Sheffield, was a bloody chaotic scene, and several children were whisked away in automobiles, as sirens approached in the distance.

The police report I obtained from Greenwood did not mention the police or paramedics seeing, interviewing, or interacting with the members of Sheffield’s staff that claimed to be present at the scene.

The emerging facts created tough questions for Hardy’s investigators because there are only three possible explanations. (1) The police officer failed to log the names of all witnesses in his Report, or (2) the Report was altered (re-written or sanitized) before being turned over to me, or (3) the people that claimed to be present at the scene actually fled (with a child) before the police arrived.

One of the children spirited away in a car was HaLeigh Cummings. She had just arrived from a long car ride with Regan that passed through Brunson, South Carolina. HaLeigh had just arrived at the HaLeigh Bug Center where her mother was waiting for her, when everything went sideways due to conflict within family about returning HaLeigh.

Cone exited the PCSO almost immediately after the police report was turned over to me, causing many to wonder what connection Cone had to that Report and her knowledge of HaLeigh being in Satsuma on April 27, 2009.

There is no indication that Pape over at the FDLE, or R.J. Larizza at the State’s Attorney’s Office ever investigated the incident.

The question is – why?

The events that transpired on April 26-27, 2009 at the HaLeigh Bug Center were so significant they resulted in a lead investigator being dismissed, and HaLeigh’s cancelled Amber Alert being reinstated.

Nonetheless, the press stayed quiet and there was no investigation by the FDLE.

In its own Via Dolrosa, the state of Florida and its law enforcement appears condemned by the worst within it.

While Cone was shown to the proverbial door – Merchant was still in the game and would be until 2013.

Merchant’s publicized departure from the PCSO due to the big ‘text message’ scandal is not impressing anyone with real information. Merchant has worked on many task forces with federal authorities, and his grubby little fingers have been in many pies.

While the FDLE is not known to have taken any interest in the PCSO during the HaLeigh Cummings investigation, the PCSO itself did seem to recognize itself in the mirror.

In 2012, the PCSO sent their Cummings case files to Washington D.C. to have their performance reviewed by the feds. The similarities between Hardy’s submissions of files to the feds for a review of his performance, bears an un-canny resemblance to Sheriff Shoar’s requests for a probe of his Office by the FDLE.

In each case, several years had passed before either Sheriff decided to ask an outside agency to become involved. Nontheless, in August of 2012, Hardy’s press agent issued a media release stating the PCSO had been given a glowing report card by the feds.

Matt Ramer, candidate for Putnam County Sheriff in 2012, said there was simply no way the feds conducted a complete ‘investigation’ of an ‘investigation’ and it was a publicity stunt by Hardy in advance of the election.

Indeed – it’s difficult imagining the feds in Washington D.C. allocating agents to sift through an entire missing person case file, and then walking away so utterly impressed, that they pat a Sheriff on the back and tell him what a great job he and his men have done in not locating the missing child.

Although unsolved and under investigation, the Michelle O’Connell case serves as a very good example of how persistence can bring exposure and wider understanding to a case that is fading into obscurity.

While evidence at the scene was telling Pape that Michelle O’Connell’s death was not a suicide, and a St. John’s County deputy needed to be investigated, the FDLE was strangely reluctant to apply the same standards to the sheriff’s office and investigators in Putnam County where actual terminations were occurring.

Investigative reporters in both the Michelle O’Connell and HaLeigh Cummings case have shown that information is available to those who seek it.

For instance…

Wayanne Kruger, author and child sex victim’s advocate, performed contract services for Crystal Sheffield when her daughter HaLeigh disappeared.

Kruger says her job as Sheffield’s advocate was to gather incriminating information about HaLeigh’s father, Ronald Cummings.

According to Kruger, Detective John Merchant was working with Ronald Cummings and a street dealer named Orlando Traylor in a Florida drug trafficking operation at the time HaLeigh vanished.

Kruger said Merchant and his trafficking brood had big plans that may have crumbled under the weight of the search for HaLeigh. Her assertions and observations appeared to be spot on. In April of 2009, First Coast News reported $24 Million worth of drugs were seized in Putnam County.

Kruger said Misty Croslin was little more than a bit player in a larger operation, and the teen’s arrest was trumped up to influence the public’s perception of HaLeigh’s welfare status.

William (a.k.a. Cobra) Staubs is a self-described bounty hunter and licensed bail bondman from Broward County. He is also a licensed private detective and was in Putnam County in 2009 assisting Kruger and Sheffield.

Staubs was nearly capable of telling me what time John Merchant went to the bathroom. He claimed to have handwritten investigation notes of Detective Peggy Cone. He claimed to possess confidential Internal Affairs file of PCSO officers that was useful for blackmail.

The list could go on and on and on.

Staubs told me Merchant was cheating on his wife and could be blackmailed. He said Merchant and Ronald Cummings were ‘boys’ and Ronald Cummings was being protected by the Sheriff’s Office.

But even more interesting, was Staubs’ man-crush with the county sheriff – Jeff Hardy. Staubs never passed on a chance to tell me how far back he and Hardy went. He said they were real tight in Southern Florida, long before Hardy moved up to Putnam County and ran for Sheriff. He said Hardy had been falsely accused of being corrupt before he moved to Northern Florida.

In fact, Staubs said he mobilized groups and local citizens in the area to help Hardy get elected Sheriff of Putnam County. Staubs claimed associations with everyone from the Putnam County Sheriff to the South Florida Mafia; from the Florida licensing board to the Ku Klux Klan.

When Staubs was charged with felony false imprisonment by the States Attorneys Office, he said Hardy was supposed to write a “letter” on his behalf but didn’t; which pissed him off.

If the career-ending shenanigans of Merchant and Cone were not enough to wet Pape’s investigative whistle, the same way Sheriff Shoar and Deputy Banks did, this would have been a great time for the FDLE to take a look at Sheriff Jeff Hardy.

I will explain why, and then leave the reader to absorb it all.

Donald Knop, a staff member for Crystal Sheffield, said a business associate of Staubs, told him Staubs was once a member of a group called the “Navarro Eight”.

Here is what the “Navarro Eight” was.

The “Navarro Eight” was a group of quasi mercenaries named after former Broward County Sheriff Nick Navarro. It was a secret team that would wear masks and tactical vests, appearing to be with the Sheriff’s Office. They would conduct huge drug raids, seize narcotics and money, but fail to turn it into evidence.

In 2009, a mercenary bounty hunter was hanging around Putnam County with people like Ronald Cummings, John Merchant, and Sheriff Jeff Hardy.

Think about it.

How many little girls have to die, or disappear, or go to prison for 25 years before these career criminals are stopped?

Putnam County Sheriff Jeff Hardy

Putnam County Sheriff Jeff Hardy

Man that bragged about raping and murdering children, contacted local resident demanding information about his children
Polk County Sheriff alerted


William Murtaugh

Polk County Sheriff’s Office alerted to statements and admissions regarding alleged blackmail scheme

by Timothy Charles Holmseth

William (MURT) Murtaugh has publically stated a wealth of information regarding his communications to Timothy Charles Holmseth.

The information has been turned over to Sheriff Barb Erdman and Investigator James Tadman at the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and Polk County Attorney Greg Widseth.

Murtaugh has vowed severe consequences for Holmseth.