Misty Croslin’s grandmother said the teen broke down and confessed to her, saying she knows what happened to 5-year-old Haleigh Cummings, according to a media report.
According to the report, Croslin’s grandmother, Flora Hollars, said Croslin confessed to her, but insisted she was not involved. Channel 13 reported Saturday that the grandmother said someone “tied a brick block to the rope and dropped her into the St. Johns River.” Hollars said Misty told her Haleigh was dropped into the river, but wouldn’t say why she was killed.
Fourteen months after Haleigh disappeared, authorities say people involved in the case are starting to break down and talk, including Croslin, the 5-year-old’s former stepmother. She was the last person to see Haleigh before she vanished from her father’s Satsuma home.
After more than a year of chasing leads in the case, Putnam County Sheriff Jeff Hardy said Thursday that the girl is “most likely dead.” Detectives are investigating her case as a homicide.
Divers searched the St. John’s River this week, recovering items. But it was not known if they are related to Haleigh’s disappearance.
Hollars told the Sentinel earlier this week that she shared information she learned from talks with Misty with investigators.
“Every time I talk to her (Croslin), I get a little bit more and a little bit more,” Hollars said by phone from Nashville, Tenn.