Melvin Charles Horst

Above Images: Melvin, circa 1928

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

Missing Since: December 27, 1928 from Orrville, Ohio
Classification: Endangered Missing
Age: 4 years old
Height and Weight: 3’1, 49 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Light brown hair, blue eyes. Melvin has a jagged burn scar on his hip. He had a slightly upturned nose and a stocky build in 1928.
Clothing/Jewelry Description: A checked sweater, a brown overcoat, and a stocking cap.

Details of Disappearance

Melvin resided with his family near Vine Street and Paradise Street in Orrville, Ohio in 1928. He went to play with four neighborhood friends during the late afternoon hours of December 27, 1928. Melvin was carrying a small red toy truck or wagon at the time of his disappearance; he had received the toy as a recent Christmas gift. His friends said that they played in a vacant lot off of Chestnut Street near the railroad tracks. The boys told authorities that, sometime during the evening hours, Melvin announced it was late and said he had to walk home. He was approximately one block from his family’s house at the time. Melvin never arrived and has not been heard from again, but the toy he had been playing with was found in his front yard.
Melvin’s mother, Zora Horst, called him inside for dinner at approximately 4:30 p.m., and he did not arrive. She sent her older son to look for Melvin at neighbors’ homes but the search turned up nothing. When Melvin’s father, Raymond Horst, arrived home from work at 6:00 p.m., he and Zora began looking for their son in their neighborhood. The Horsts summoned authorities by 7:00 p.m. and an extensive search was initiated by 8:30 p.m. that evening. Many of Orrville’s 4,500 residents assisted in the process, which was led by Raymond’s brother, Roy Horst, the village marshal. The search lasted weeks and covered about 100 square miles, including house-to-house searches in Melvin’s neighborhood. No sign of the child was uncovered.

Investigators originally thought that Melvin had been abducted for ransom by someone who mistook him for a neighbor boy he resembled. Melvin’s family was working-class, but the neighbor child’s parents were considered wealthy. Authorities discarded the theory when no ransom demands were made.

Melvin’s disappearance made nationwide headlines and the media followed his story closely at the time. He vanished during the United States’s Prohibition era and Roy was a particularly zealous enforcer of liquor laws, which encited considerable enmity against him in Orrville and the surrounding area. It was theorized that bootleggers kidnapped Melvin to get revenge on Roy, who had lived with Melvin’s family until shortly before the child disappeared and was very fond of his nephew.

A bootlegger, Elias Arnold; his children, William Arnold, Arthur Arnold, and Dorothy McHenry; and his son-in-law, Dorothy’s husband Bascom McHenry, were arrested and charged with Melvin’s abduction on January 2, 1929. Elias had spent much of 1928 in jail as a result of liquor arrests, as had several members of his family, and he reputedly bore a grudge against Roy Horst. The family lived around the corner from Melvin’s family at the time. Charles “Junior” Hannah, the eight-year-old son of Elias’s brother-in-law, told investigators that he saw Melvin lured into the Arnold home on the day he disappeared. The story was corroborated by a nine-year-old neighbor.

The Arnolds maintained their innocence in Melvin’s disappearance and they had alibis for the time the child vanished, but Elias and Arthur were convicted and spent three months in jail before authorities learned that Junior could not have seen what he claimed he had seen from where he said he had been standing at the time of the abduction. The men were found innocent of involvement in Melvin’s case during a second trial shortly thereafter.

Junior subsequently accused his own father, Charles Hannah, and a neighbor, Earl Conold, in 1930. He stated that they had killed Melvin and then asked him to make up the story accusing the Arnold family. Both men confessed that they murdered Melvin inside of a garage after he caught them drinking whiskey. Neither of the suspects admitted being the actual murderer and it was later determined that their confessions were coerced by law enforcement officers. There have been no arrests in connection with Horst’s case since 1930.

Some people believed that Melvin had been abducted and/or murdered, or that he was hit by a car and the driver panicked and concealed the evidence. Others thought that one of Roy Horst’s enemies attempted to scare the marshal by instigating his nephew’s disappearance. No evidence has been located to support any of the theories. Melvin’s parents moved to Florida after his disappearance and are now both deceased. His brother and sister still live in Orrville.

Authorities have stated that they never officially closed Melvin’s case, but they doubted that any new information would lead them to his whereabouts. It is unlikely that any skeletal remains that may be located in the future could be identified as Melvin’s body, as poor dental records were kept at the time he disappeared.

Investigating Agency
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Orrville Police Department
330-684-5025

Source Information
The Akron Beacon-Journal
NewspaperArchive
The Killer in the Attic: and More True Tales of Crime and Disaster from Cleveland’s Past
by John Stark Bellamy II

Ambrose Bierce: Missing since 1914

Ambrose Bierce

AKA Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce

Born: 24-Jun-1842
Birthplace: Horse Cave Creek, OH
Died: c. 1914
Location of death: Mexico
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Missing

Gender: Male
Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Author, Journalist, Lexicographer

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: The Devil’s Dictionary

Military service: US Army (fought on Union side in Civil War, head injury)

Father: Marcus Aurelius Bierce
Mother: Laura
Wife: Mary Ellen Day (m. 1871)
Son: Day (b. 1872)
Son: Leigh (b. 1874)
Daughter: Helen (b. 1875)

 Disappearance
In October 1913, the septuagenarian Bierce departed Washington on a tour to revisit his old Civil War battlefields. By December, he had proceeded on through Louisiana and Texas, crossing by way of El Paso into Mexico, which was then in the throes of revolution. In Ciudad Juárez, he joined the army of Pancho Villa as an observer, in which role he participated in the battle of Tierra Blanca. He is known to have accompanied Villa’s army as far as the city of Chihuahua, Chihuahua. After a last letter to a close friend, sent from that city on December 26, 1913, he vanished without a trace, becoming one of the most famous disappearances in American literary history. Subsequent investigations to ascertain his fate were fruitless and, despite many decades of speculation, his disappearance remains a mystery, and his (unconfirmed) date of death is generally listed as “1914?”.

Ambrose Bierce
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A portrait of Ambrose Bierce, date unknown.His clear style and lack of sentimentality have kept him popular when many of his contemporaries have become obscure. His dark, sardonic views and vehemence as a critic, earned him the nickname “Bitter Bierce”. Such was Bierce’s venerable reputation, that it was feared that his judgment on any contemporary fiction of the day could make or break a writer’s career.

Early life and military career
Born in a rural area of Meigs County, Ohio, Bierce lived during his adolescence in the town of Elkhart, Indiana. At the outset of the American Civil War, Bierce enlisted in the Ninth Regiment, Indiana Volunteers, as part of the Union Army. In February 1862, he was commissioned as a first lieutenant and served on the staff of Gen. William Babcock Hazen as a topographical engineer, making maps of likely battlefields. He fought bravely in several of the war’s most important battles, at one point receiving newspaper attention for his daring rescue under fire of a gravely wounded comrade at the battle of Girard Hill, West Virginia. In June 1864, he received a serious head wound at the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain and spent the rest of the summer on furlough, but returned to active duty in September, and was ultimately discharged from the army in January 1865.

His military career, however, resumed when, in the summer of 1866, he rejoined Gen. Hazen as part of the latter’s expedition to inspect military outposts across the Western plains. The expedition proceeded by horseback and wagon from Omaha, Nebraska, arriving in San Francisco near the end of the year.

Journalism
In San Francisco, Bierce resigned from the Army and received the rank of brevet Major. He remained there for many years, eventually becoming famous as a contributor and/or editor for a number of local newspapers and periodicals, including The San Francisco News Letter, The Argonaut, and The Wasp. Bierce lived and wrote in England from 1872 to 1875. Returning to the United States, he again took up residence in San Francisco. In 1879–1880, he went to Rockerville and Deadwood, South Dakota, in the Dakota Territory, to try his hand as local manager for a New York mining company, but when the company failed he returned to San Francisco and resumed his career in journalism. In 1887, he became one of the first regular columnists and editorialists to be employed on William Randolph Hearst’s newspaper, the San Francisco Examiner, eventually becoming one of the most prominent and influential among the writers and journalists of the West Coast. In December 1899, he moved to Washington, D.C., but continued his association with the Hearst newspapers until 1906.

The McKinley accusation
Because of his penchant for biting social criticism and satire, Bierce’s long newspaper career was often steeped in controversy. On several occasions his columns stirred up a storm of hostile reaction which created difficulties for Hearst. One of the most notable of these incidents occurred following the assassination of President William McKinley when Hearst’s opponents turned a poem Bierce had written about the assassination of Governor Goebel in 1900 into a cause célèbre. Bierce meant his poem, written on the occasion of the assassination of Governor-elect William Goebel of Kentucky, to express a national mood of dismay and fear, but after McKinley was shot in 1901 it seemed to foreshadow the crime:

“The bullet that pierced Goebel’s breast
Can not be found in all the West;
Good reason, it is speeding here
To stretch McKinley on his bier.”
Hearst was (presumably) falsely accused by rival newspapers – and by then Secretary of State Elihu Root – of having called for McKinley’s assassination. Despite a national uproar that ended his ambitions for the presidency (and even his membership in the Bohemian Club), Hearst neither revealed Bierce as the author of the poem, nor fired him.

Literary works
His short stories are considered among the best of the 19th century. He wrote realistically of the terrible things he had seen in the war in such stories as “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”, “Killed at Resaca”, and “Chickamauga”.

Bierce was reckoned a master of “pure” English by his contemporaries, and virtually everything that came from his pen was notable for its judicious wording and economy of style. He wrote skillfully in a variety of literary genres, and in addition to his celebrated ghost and war stories he published several volumes of poetry and verse. His Fantastic Fables anticipated the ironic style of grotesquerie that turned into a genre in the 20th century.

One of Bierce’s most famous works is his much-quoted book, The Devil’s Dictionary, originally a newspaper serialization which was first published in book form in 1906 as The Cynic’s Word Book. It offers an interesting reinterpretation of the English language in which cant and political double-talk are neatly lampooned.

Bierce’s twelve-volume Collected Works were published in 1909, the seventh volume of which consists solely of The Devil’s Dictionary, the title Bierce himself preferred to The Cynic’s Word Book.

List of Bierce’s short stories
“The Death of Halpin Frayser”
“Moxon’s Master”
“Beyond the Wall”
“The Damned Thing”
“A Watcher by the Dead”
“An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”
“The Ways of Ghosts”
“Some Haunted Houses”
“Mysterious Disapperances”
“The Man and the Snake”
“The Suitable Surroundings”
“The Eyes of the Panther”
“The Famous Gilson Bequest”
“An Adventure at Brownville”
“An Inhabitant of Carcosa”
“The Secret of Macarger’s Gulch”
“The Moonlit Road”
“The Haunted Valley”
“A Jug of Syrup”
“The Night-Doings at ‘Deadman’s'”
“The Middle Toe of the Right Foot”
“John Bartine’s Watch”
“The Stranger”
“Visions of the Night”
“The Ingenious patriot”
All of the above works were listed in order from Ghost and Horror Stories of Ambrose Bierce; Copyright © 1964 by Dover Publications, Inc.

In one of his last letters, Bierce wrote:

“Good-by — if you hear of my being stood up against a Mexican stone wall and shot to rags please know that I think that a pretty good way to depart this life. It beats old age, disease, or falling down the cellar stairs. To be a Gringo in Mexico — ah, that is euthanasia”.

Bierce in popular culture
Robert W. Chambers borrowed several terms and fictional locations (including, for instance, Carcosa and Hastur) from Bierce, for use in his book of horror short stories, The King in Yellow. The horror writer H.P. Lovecraft later incorporated these into his own work, as did other authors who later extended Lovecraft’s characters and themes, collectively creating the Cthulhu Mythos.

Robert Bloch’s short story “I Like Blondes” (published in Playboy, 1956) is constructed around a group of alien bodysnatchers frequenting Earth. The narrator’s host body’s “name was Beers…Ambrose Beers, I believe. He picked it up in Mexico a long time ago.”

At least three films have been made of Bierce’s story “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”. A silent film version was made in the 1920s. A French version called La Rivière du Hibou, directed by Robert Enrico, was released in 1962. This is a black and white film, faithfully recounting the original narrative using voice-over. Another version, directed by Brian James Egan, was released in 2005. The 1962 film was also used for an episode of the television series The Twilight Zone: “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”. A copy of “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” appeared in the ABC television series Lost (“The Long Con”, airdate February 8, 2006).

Mexican novelist Carlos Fuentes wrote Gringo Viejo (The Old Gringo), a fictionalized account of Bierce’s disappearance. Fuentes’ keenly observed novel was later adapted as a film, Old Gringo, with Gregory Peck in the title role.

Bierce appears as a character in the 2000 film From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman’s Daughter (set in 1913, a prequel to the original From Dusk Till Dawn). While traveling to join up with Villa, Bierce is first attacked by bandits, and then trapped in a bar filled with vampires bent on killing all the humans inside. This clearly fictional adventure also portrayed Bierce as an alcoholic. In that film Ambrose Bierce was played by Michael Parks.

Bierce appears as a character in Robert A. Heinlein’s novella Lost Legacy, (published in the short story collection Assignment in Eternity). In the story, Bierce is one of a league of humans who have learned to use the unused portions of their brains and have advanced mental powers.

Bierce appears as the main character and narrator in the story “The Oxoxoco Bottle” by Gerald Kersh. The bulk of the story purports to be a manuscript written by Bierce on his last journey in Mexico, and relates a very strange adventure. The manner of his death, however, remains a mystery at the end.

Bierce is referenced in the song ‘The Fall of Ambrose Bierce’, by ‘The Stiletto Formal’.

Bierce is depicted as a detective in series of mystery novels by Oakley Hall, including Ambrose Bierce and the Queen of Spades and Ambrose Bierce and the Death of Kings.

In DC Comics’s miniseries Stanley and His Monster, Bierce (or at least a character claiming to be Bierce) appears as a sardonic trenchcoat-clad adventurer into the supernatural, very similar to John Constantine; although Bierce derides Constantine as a clown, he admits that he and Constantine are but two of several trenchcoated occult adventurers at large in the world, perhaps an implication by the writer that the archetype of the sarcastic commentator on the occult, exemplified by Constantine, can be traced back to Bierce as narrator of his own horror stories. When the comic book Bierce learns that the boy Stanley’s friend, the nameless Monster, is a demon, he considers vanquishing him but soon realizes that the Monster is a benevolent demon and instead helps Stanley and his friend against other demons.Primary books
The Devil’s Dictionary.
Tales of Soldiers and Civilians (also known as In the Midst of Life) (1892)
Can Such Things Be? (1893)
Collected Works (1909)
References
Richard O’Connor, Ambrose Bierce: a Biography, with illustrations, Boston, Little, Brown and Company, 1967.

Haleigh Cummings -Part 2

  August 23, 2009:
Putnam County investigators say they don’t think that Misty Croslin-Cummings has been straight with them as they continue to investigate the disappearance six months ago of Haleigh Cummings from her father’s home in Satsuma.
In a news release marking the child’s sixth birthday Monday, investigators said the child’s biological parents, Ronald Cummings and Crystal Sheffield, were not suspects.
But for the first time, they don’t think Haleigh was abducted by a stranger. They said, Misty Croslin, who was baby-sitting the girl when she vanished from her father’s mobile home in February, “continues to hold important answers in the case.”
“She has failed to provide any sort of detailed accounting of the hours during the late evening and early morning of Haleigh’s disappearance. Furthermore, physical evidence at the scene contradicts Misty’s sketchy account of her evening activities.”
Croslin married Cummings about a month after Haleigh’s disappearance. Their telephone in Welaka has been disconnected and it is not known if Croslin has an attorney.
According to the news release, investigators have received more than 4,000 leads, all of which have been followed up.
They have conducted 138 formal interviews and several hundred informal ones. DNA samples were collected from many of those interviewed.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement processed the crime scene and did analysis on DNA and fingerprint evidence, none of which has identified a suspect.
Thousands of acres have been searched by air, on foot and by horseback. Divers have combed the water areas near where Haleigh disappeared.
“Sheriff (Jeff) Hardy wants to assure the public, but mainly Haleigh’s family, that we will continue to aggressively pursue this case,” the news release said.
Also Monday, a Texas-based search group said it would conduct another search for Haleigh Cummings.
Tim Miller, director of Texas EquuSearch, said the 50 group members and volunteers would search in four to six weeks. He said he thinks weather and vegetation conditions will be more conducive to finding the girl.
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 August 27, 2009:
WFTV-Channel 9 reported that Misty Croslin failed a lie dector test. Misty Croslin/Cummings was the last person to see missing Haleigh Cummings alive.
Misty Croslin says she was with Haleigh inside a mobile home in Satsuma when someone took the girl in the middle of the night back in February.
Ronald Cummings, Haleigh’s father, married Croslin almost immediately after Haleigh’s disappearance.
The couple asked Texas EquuSearch to return to Central Florida to help look for the girl and clear their names.
EquuSearch arranged for Croslin to take a lie detector test, which the group says she “failed miserably.”
Texas EquuSearch turned their findings over to Putnam County deputies who say they’re not surprised.
Croslin says she was pressured to take the test. But Texas EquuSearch founder Tim Miller denies that claim.
Deputies say they don’t have enough evidence to charge Croslin with any crime.
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August 29, 2009
Members of Equusearch, the Texas-based search team, are once again searching an area near the home of Ronald Cummings, whose 5-year-old daughter Haleigh Cummings vanished from the family’s trailer in March.
Myfoxorlando is reporting that under hypnosis, Ronald Cumming’s 17-year-old wife Misty Croslin Cummings told searchers to look for Haleigh near a rose left in an undisclosed area in Putnam County.
Based on that tip, Equusearch on Saturday headed back out to Satsuma to search for leads in the case.
According to several news sources, while Misty was undergoing and completely failing the battery of tests being administered, she made a comment that indicated she may know where to search for Haleigh. She told investigators they needed to double-check a patch of ground marked by a single plastic rose.
    “She said there was a place that was not searched very well and that we should look for a red rose, and she gave us the location,” said Steph Watts, who recorded the sessions for EquuSearch.
“We went and we looked, and we found it, and the next day we took Putnam County investigators back there,” Watts said. “I don’t think they are going to dig where the rose is and find the body, but the fact that they went with us shows that they are following up on every lead.” EquuSearch is making plans to return to the area in the near future.

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Misty Croslin-Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll
A lawyer for the mother of a missing Florida girl slammed the child’s father in an interview, saying the little girl was exposed to a “typical sex, drugs and rock-and-roll lifestyle” before she disappeared.
Her 24-year-old father, Ronald Cummings, reported hid daughter Haleigh Cummings missing at 3AM on Feb. 9 when he got home from work. Haleigh vanished from the Satsuma-area trailer home where she was being cared for by his 17-year-old wife Misty Croslin.
“The particular lifestyle that we believe is led by Misty and Ronald Cummings is one that essentially laid out the red carpet to something at some point happening to these children, and something did,” Kim Picazio, an attorney for Crystal Sheffield, said in an interview Wednesday.
She said Misty and Ronald Cummings lead “your typical sex, drugs and rock-and-roll lifestyle that ( Misty Croslin Photo’s ) is not conducive to raising children.”
The family has reportedly been advised by legal counsel not to speak with the media. A call to Cummings’ lawyer also was not returned.
Misty Croslin has given various versions of the events of the fateful night to the media and Investigators from the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office in 96 hours of questioning.
Misty claims she put Haleigh and 4-year-old brother Junior to bed, washed the bedding and then went to sleep in a bed 4 feet from the toddler. She awoke just before 3AM, went to the bathroom and upon returning to the bedroom found Kaleigh missing and a concrete block holding the backdoor open.
Rumors are spreading that Misty had a drug dealer boyfriend and she may have left that night and went to his house.
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Putnam County Sherriff’s Office:

Lastname Firstname Middle DOB S R Booking# Arrest Date
CROSLIN HANK THOMAS 8/02/1986 M W 09-04578 11/5/2009 11:40:16 AM
CROSLIN HANK THOMAS 8/02/1986 M W 09-04807 11/19/2009 11:56:14 AM
CROSLIN HANK THOMAS 8/02/1986 M W 10-00277 1/21/2010 8:48:12 AM
CROSLIN HANK THOMAS 8/02/1986 M W 09-03842 9/15/2009 6:49:40 PM
CROSLIN HANK THOMAS 8/03/1968 M W 09-04876 11/24/2009 7:09:05 PM
CROSLIN LISA CARMEN 9/10/1969 F W 09-04237 10/14/2009 3:36:39 PM
CUMMINGS MISTY 12/09/1991 F W 10-00278 1/21/2010 8:52:54 AM
CUMMINGS RONALD LEMYLES 10/29/1983 M W 09-03225 8/6/2009 1:03:59 AM
CUMMINGS RONALD LEMYLES 10/29/1983 M W 10-00276 1/21/2010 8:52:58 AM
Click on this link:
 to do a search yourself for more information.
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This is from Blogger News Network, about the most recent arrests:

Thursday, FDLE and Putnam County Sheriff’s officials said the investigation that led to Wednesday’s arrests of Ronald Cummings, Misty Croslin, Tommy Croslin, Hope Sykes and Donna Brock stemmed from a tip from a source with knowledge of the alleged dealing of oxycodone and hydrocodone.
“We had a source come forward, and our investigator was very good at infiltrating. We were working on it about a month,” Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Johnny Greenwood said. Misty Croslin, Hank Croslin Jr. and Brock are incarcerated in the St. Johns County Jail. Cummings was moved to the Flagler County Jail. Sykes is in the Putnam County Jail.
All but Sykes were moved to jails outside of Putnam County for security reasons, according to Greenwood. Ronald Cummings and Misty Croslin were placed in separate jails to avoid the possibility of communication between them.
Misty Croslin is being held in lieu of $950,000 bail; Cummings, $500,000; Brock, $250,000; Sykes, $150,000; and Hank Croslin Jr., $100,000.
Misty Croslin is facing six counts of trafficking in prescription medications. Three counts of the same charge are pending against Cummings and one against Hank Croslin Jr., Sykes and Brock, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Florida Department of Law Enforcement Agent Dominick Pape said that potential maximum sentences if convicted are: Misty Croslin, 74 years; Cummings, 43 years; Brock, 25 years; Sykes, 15 years; and Hank Croslin, three years.
Pape said a multi-county task force is stepping up its investigations of prescription drug sales.
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The ‘Jailhouse Letter':

Kristina Prevatt, an inmate known to hang out with Misty Cummings, who was in the Satsuma home in February when Haleigh vanished, sent the above letter to her boyfriend. The letter became public when a Gainesville radio station obtained it from a private investigator. 
The letter claims a man named Joe told authorities that Misty Cummings, Prevatt and a man named Greg were at a party when Haleigh got hold of some drugs and died. According to the letter, Joe said Haleigh’s body was put in a bag, which was placed in Prevatt’s car and taken to a pond.
The man whose name was difficult to read in the letter Kristina Rene “Nay Nay” Prevatt sent to her boyfriend from jail regarding questioning she received a few days ago about the disappearance of missing 6-year-old Haleigh Cumming of Satsuma, FL., has been identified as Joseph Franklin Pytko.

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There is so much more to this case, these few excerpts are just the tip of the iceberg. I would love to be able to gather all the information I have read about this case right here in one spot, but I just can’t do that.
Please make sure you contact your local authorities if you have any information pertaining to the Haleigh Cummings. They can forward it on to Putnam County Florida police officers for you.


 
Your input is welcomed.

Haleigh Cummings Case- WHERE IS SHE? Part 1

What really happened in the case of Haleigh Cummings disappearance?
All bets are off, but I’m still guessing that Misty Croslin is the one who can honestly answer that. Gut instinct also says she probably isn’t the only one who knows. That is one confusing family. Here is the transcription of the original 911 call when Haleigh disappeared:

Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Below is the 911 call made in the disappearance of Haleigh Cummings.
911: “911, what’s your emergency”
Misty Croslin: “Hi…umm…I just woke up…and our backdoor was wide open and I think…and I can’t find our daughter”
911: “you can’t find what?”
Misty Croslin:”our daughter”
911:” OK, what’s your address?
Misty Croslin: “(inaudible)”
911: “OK, what’s the numerical?”
Misty Croslin: “The numerical…what’s that?”
911: “the number…green lane?”
Misty Croslin: “Yes”
911: “OK when did you last see her?”
Misty Croslin: “Um, we like just, you know…it was about 10 o’clock- she was sleeping- I was cleaning…
911: “OK- how old is your daughter?”
Misty Croslin: “She’s five”
911: “Ok…what was she last seen wearing? Maam…”
Misty Croslin: “She was in her pajamas- she was sleeping…”
911: “OK…alright…You said your back door was wide open?”
Misty Croslin: “yes- it was bricked- there was a brick on the floor…when I was asleep it was not like that.”
911: Ok…the back door…listen to me…your back door was wide open…what are you talking about a brick?”
Misty Croslin: “(inaudible)”
911: “what is a brick?”
Misty Croslin: “it’s almost like– on the stairs- we have a walkway…”
911:” uh huh….and there was a brick laying there?”
Misty Croslin: “yes…it’s still there”
(background) tell them they’ve better come on…
911: “we’ve got em coming- tell him we’ve got them coming”
Misty Croslin: “they’re coming”
911: “Ok what’s the color of your house ma’am?
Misty Croslin: “blue”
911: “blue, OK
(pause)
OK- what does she look like? How tall is she? Give me some description of her.”
Misty Croslin: “How tall she she? Like long hair like curly…with curls..
911: “long curls…what color?”
Misty Croslin: “(inaudible)”
911:” ok- what color hair? Brown hair?”
Misty Croslin: “Yes…oh my gosh….”
911: “OK- how tall is she about? Or how much does she weigh…do you know that?”
Misty Croslin: “huh?”
911: “about how tall or how much she weigh?”
Misty Croslin: “24 sounds about right- I don’t know- she’s not that tall….”
911: “OK-wait- tell your husband we’ve got them coming, ok?”
Misty Croslin: “OK”
911: “How much does she weigh- do you know?”
Misty Croslin: “huh?”
911: “How much does she weigh?”
Misty Croslin: “um…like 40-50 pounds- 60 pounds?
911: “40-60 pounds?”
Misty Croslin: “yeah”
911: “OK- let me get your name and phone number. Spell your last name…
spell your last name?
Was your back door locked do you know?”
Misty Croslin: “Yes…(inaudible)”
Ronald Cummings: “Man, I need somebody to get here now!”
911: “OK, let me speak to him…”
Ronald Cummings: “I just got home from work, my five-year-old daughter is gone- I need someone here now.”
911: “OK, listen to me…listen to me…we’ve got two officers…”
Ronald Cummings: “if I find whoever has my daughter before you all do, I’m killing them…I don’t care- I will spend the rest of my life in prison….you can put that on the recording…I don’t care.”
911: “It’s OK sir, we’ve got them on the way…ok- can you give me…what kind of description of pajamas was she wearing? ”
Ronald Cummings: “I don’t f%$ know!”
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Below is Part 1 of the 911 call made in the disappearance of Haleigh Cummings.
911: “911, what’s your emergency”
Misty Croslin: “Hi…umm…I just woke up…and our backdoor was wide open and I think…and I can’t find our daughter”
911: “you can’t find what?”
Misty Croslin:”our daughter”
911:” OK, what’s your address?
Misty Croslin: “(inaudible)”
911: “OK, what’s the numerical?”
Misty Croslin: “The numerical…what’s that?”
911: “the number…green lane?”
Misty Croslin: “Yes”
911: “OK when did you last see her?”
Misty Croslin: “Um, we like just, you know…it was about 10 o’clock- she was sleeping- I was cleaning…
911: “OK- how old is your daughter?”
Misty Croslin: “She’s five”
911: “Ok…what was she last seen wearing? Maam…”
Misty Croslin: “She was in her pajamas- she was sleeping…”
911: “OK…alright…You said your back door was wide open?”
Misty Croslin: “yes- it was bricked- there was a brick on the floor…when I was asleep it was not like that.”
911: Ok…the back door…listen to me…your back door was wide open…what are you talking about a brick?”
Misty Croslin: “(inaudible)”
911: “what is a brick?”
Misty Croslin: “it’s almost like– on the stairs- we have a walkway…”
911:” uh huh….and there was a brick laying there?”
Misty Croslin: “yes…it’s still there”
(background) tell them they’ve better come on…
911: “we’ve got em coming- tell him we’ve got them coming”
Misty Croslin: “they’re coming”
911: “Ok what’s the color of your house ma’am?
Misty Croslin: “blue”
911: “blue, OK
(pause)
OK- what does she look like? How tall is she? Give me some description of her.”
Misty Croslin: “How tall she she? Like long hair like curly…with curls..
911: “long curls…what color?”
Misty Croslin: “(inaudible)”
911:” ok- what color hair? Brown hair?”
Misty Croslin: “Yes…oh my gosh….”
911: “OK- how tall is she about? Or how much does she weigh…do you know that?”
Misty Croslin: “huh?”
911: “about how tall or how much she weigh?”
Misty Croslin: “24 sounds about right- I don’t know- she’s not that tall….”
911: “OK-wait- tell your husband we’ve got them coming, ok?”
Misty Croslin: “OK”
911: “How much does she weigh- do you know?”
Misty Croslin: “huh?”
911: “How much does she weigh?”
Misty Croslin: “um…like 40-50 pounds- 60 pounds?
911: “40-60 pounds?”
Misty Croslin: “yeah”
911: “OK- let me get your name and phone number. Spell your last name…
spell your last name?
Was your back door locked do you know?”
Misty Croslin: “Yes…(inaudible)”
Ronald Cummings: “Man, I need somebody to get here now!”
911: “OK, let me speak to him…”
Ronald Cummings: “I just got home from work, my five-year-old daughter is gone- I need someone here now.”
911: “OK, listen to me…listen to me…we’ve got two officers…”
Ronald Cummings: “if I find whoever has my daughter before you all do, I’m killing them…I don’t care- I will spend the rest of my life in prison….you can put that on the recording…I don’t care.”
911: “It’s OK sir, we’ve got them on the way…ok- can you give me…what kind of description of pajamas was she wearing? ”
Ronald Cummings: “I don’t f%$ know!”

Haleigh Cummings- Updated information

Misty Croslin, the ex step-mother of Haleigh Cummings, a 5-year-old who vanished from her Satsuma, Florida home in February, was just arrested along with Haleigh’s father Ronald Cummings, on drug-trafficking charges. Croslin, 18, faces six counts of trafficking prescription drugs, and is in jail with a $950,000 bond, according to CNN.

Misty Croslin (CNN)
The former couple was arrested Wednesday, along with three other people, after they reportedly sold nearly $4,000 worth of drugs to undercover officers. They made appearances in court but it is unclear if they have been assigned attorneys.
Ronald Cummings, the father of missing child Haleigh Cummings has been arrested for drug trafficking. Cummings was arrested along with his ex-wife, Misty Croslin Cummings for drug trafficking of drugs oxycodone and hydrocodone.

When five year old Haleigh went missing Feb 10, 2009, nothing seemed right right off the bat. Misty Croslin just could not seem to get her answers straight, and what few answers she did manage to give, just didn’t add up. Croslin claimed that she had put the children to bed and was sleeping in the same room with them. When she got up in the middle of the night she discovered that Haleigh was gone and the back door was propped open. To top it off, about a week after Haley went missing, Ronald Cummings married the 17 year old Misty, with statements like “keep your friends close, but your enemies even closer”. Apparently that idea didn’t work out too well for him, because he filed for divorce from Misty on October 6, 2009.

On Thursday, January 21, 2010, Ronald Cummings and Misty Croslin appeared in court on drug charges. They were charged with six counts of trafficking oxycodone and hydrocodone. If found guilty, each count could net 30 years behind bars.

The drug investigation was apparently not linked with the missing child’s investigation, but authorities are hopeful that there could be clues to helping them locate the little girl.

“Even though these are totally separate, they are parallel cases, and there’s no doubt in my mind these cases will cross some day,” Lt. Johnny Greenwood said. “I hope that somewhere through this, the investigators in the Haleigh case will find the information they need.” 

Texas equisearch and certain other officials announced that Haleigh was presumed dead several months after her disappearance.

RONALD LEMYLES CUMMINGS
WELAKAFL
Booking Date & Time: 1/20/2010 8:56:11 PM  – Booking#: 10-00276
Release Date & Time: 1/20/2010 9:14:00 PM
DOB: 10/29/1983 –  RACE: W  –  SEX: M

Charges
Misd/Felony
Degree
Bond
Bond Posted
893.135-1c1
DRUGS-TRAFFIC 4 GRAMS LESS 30 KG OTHER CNTRL SUBST
F
F
$100,000.00
893.135-1c1
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F
F
$150,000.00
893.135-1c1
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F
F
$250,000.00
$500,000.00
http://public.pcso.us/jail/adb.asp?IMG=60244
MISTY CUMMINGS
,
Booking Date & Time: 1/20/2010 9:38:57 PM  – Booking#: 10-00278
Release Date & Time:
DOB: 12/9/1991 –  RACE: W  –  SEX: F
Charges
Misd/Felony
Degree
Bond
Bond Posted
893.135-1c1
DRUGS-TRAFFIC 4 GRAMS LESS 30 KG OTHER CNTRL SUBST
F
F
$100,000.00
893.135-1c1
DRUGS-TRAFFIC 4 GRAMS LESS 30 KG OTHER CNTRL SUBST
F
F
$100,000.00
893.135-1c1
DRUGS-TRAFFIC 4 GRAMS LESS 30 KG OTHER CNTRL SUBST
F
F
$100,000.00
893.135-1c1
DRUGS-TRAFFIC 4 GRAMS LESS 30 KG OTHER CNTRL SUBST
F
F
$150,000.00
893.135-1c1
DRUGS-TRAFFIC 4 GRAMS LESS 30 KG OTHER CNTRL SUBST
F
F
$250,000.00
893.135-1c1
DRUGS-TRAFFIC 4 GRAMS LESS 30 KG OTHER CNTRL SUBST
F
F
$250,000.00
$950,000.00
http://public.pcso.us/jail/adb.asp?IMG=59423
HANK THOMAS CROSLIN
SATSUMAFL
Booking Date & Time: 1/20/2010 9:27:28 PM  – Booking#: 10-00277
Release Date & Time:
DOB: 8/2/1986 –  RACE: W  –  SEX: M
Charges
Misd/Felony
Degree
Bond
Bond Posted
893.135-1c1
DRUGS-TRAFFIC 4 GRAMS LESS 30 KG OTHER CNTRL SUBST
F
F
$100,000.00
$100,000.00

Susan Powell: What’s YOUR opinion? Here’s mine, and a basic timeline of events

What is the truth about Susan Powell’s disappearance? It has become another national media frenzy, so to speak. I personally feel that her case wouldn’t have caused anymore media attention than the thousands of others out there, were it not for the wild midnight camping story her husband told, as well as him then turning around and hiring such high profile lawyers. It’s truly a shame that law enforcement can’t get a confession out of him at this point in time, as it appears to be so obvious that the man had something to do with his wife’s disappearance. I mean, come on, how many rational thinking adults who are parents would take their two young sons out after midnight on a ‘camping trip’ in such horrid weather, alone, and then not even ‘camp’ to boot- but sleep in the vehicle? And if your spouse had disappeared, don’t you think that you’d be showing a little more emotion than Josh Powell did?
Here’s a basic timeline on the Susan Powell case:
Afternoon of Dec. 6 
Neighbor JoVonna Owings dropped by the Powells’ home Sunday afternoon to visit with Susan Powell. The family had pancakes for dinner. Susan, who was feeling ill, lay down for a nap about 5 p.m. Owings left, as did Joshua Powell, who said he was taking his two sons sledding.
8:30 p.m., Dec. 6 
A neighbor saw Joshua Powell as he returned home and pulled into his garage after taking the boys sledding.
Midnight to 12:30 a.m, Dec. 7 (approximate)  
Joshua Powell says he left home with his two sons to go camping at Simpson Springs in the west desert, while Susan remained at home.
9 to 10 a.m., Dec. 7 
The Powells’ day care provider became alarmed when the couple failed to drop off their sons on schedule and she could not reach either parent by phone. She contacted Joshua Powell’s mother and sister, who called police after they could not locate the pair. Police broke into the Powell home but found no one there.
Late Afternoon to evening- Dec. 7 
Joshua Powell and his two young sons returned home between 5 and 6 p.m. He was taken to the West Valley City police station for questioning. It was about this time that Joshua Powell claimed he had taken his boys camping, and that he had ‘gotten his days mixed up’.  Later, an interview with JoVonna Owings showed that there had been no sign of Joshua Powell appearing to be confused about what day it was when she was at the home for the pancake supper the evening that Susan disappeared.

11 a.m., Dec. 8 
Charles Cox (father of Susan)  received a telephone call from Joshua Powell, who informed him Susan was missing and that he was about to be interviewed by police again.
Dec. 9
Police served a search warrant on the Powell residence and removed boxes, bags and a computer. It was around this time that Powell’s only vehicle was confiscated by police and searched for evidence, and also the time period that Powell reportedly rented a car and put over 200 miles on it, without law enforcement being aware that he had left the area. It has been  unclear WHERE he had gone in that rental vehicle.
Dec. 10 
Law enforcement searched the Simpson Springs area where Joshua Powell said he camped with his sons but found nothing.
Dec. 14 
Joshua Powell hired defense attorney Scott C. Williams. He skipped a third interview with police.
Dec. 15
Joshua Powell provided a DNA sample to police.

Feel free to post your comments and opinions.

Remainder of open genealogy links for last few days- NEED to finish!

http://boards.ancestry.com/surnames.bishop/mb.ashx?o=350&to=4632&dc=50&dir=forward

http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcresults.aspx?GroomsLastName=Bishop&GroomsFirstName=&BridesLastName=&BridesFirstName=&County=Wyoming&Year=All&PlusMinus=Exact&Search=Exact&NumRec=25

http://boards.ancestry.com/surnames.bishop/338.494.508.510.1520.1522.1/mb.ashx

http://picasaweb.google.com/sharkey0292

http://picasaweb.google.com/sharkey0292/BishopRoopLester#

http://boards.ancestry.com/localities.northam.usa.states.kentucky.counties/mb.ashx

http://boards.ancestry.com/localities.northam.usa.states.kentucky.counties.morgan/mb.ashx

http://www.newspaperarchive.com/SearchResultsV3.aspx?fname=Alex&lname=Bishop

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=44573625

http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcresults.aspx?GroomsLastName=Foster&GroomsFirstName=&BridesLastName=Bishop&BridesFirstName=&County=All&Year=All&PlusMinus=Exact&Search=Exact&NumRec=25

http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_view.aspx?Id=4791113&Type=Death

http://www.google.com/#hl=en&q=Los+Angeles+County+California+Genweb&aq=f&aqi=&oq=&fp=1&cad=b

http://www.deathindexes.com/california/los-angeles.html

http://www.deathindexes.com/california/los-angeles.html

http://theusgenweb.org/ca/losangeles/

http://oa.newsbank.com/oa-search/we/Archives/?p_action=keyword&s_search_type=keyword&p_product=OBAR&p_theme=obar&d_sources=location&d_place=Pacific&

http://www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/keyword.html?s_trackval=OA-banner-2&

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Foster&GSfn=James&GSbyrel=in&GSdyrel=in&GSst=6&GScnty=201&GScntry=4&GSob=n&GRid=11478846&

http://community.ancestry.com/messages/?fId=0&msgSent=1

http://learn.ancestry.com/LearnMore/Article.aspx?id=14078

http://www.google.com/#hl=en&source=hp&q=Ricky+Skaggs+Family+Tree&aq=f&aqi=&oq=&fp=1&cad=b

http://genforum.genealogy.com/skaggs/messages/370.html

http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/7296508/person/-1124334055/comments?msg=ac

http://boards.ancestry.com/surnames.bishop/167.401.402.444.1.1.1/mb.ashx

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Bishop_Bischoffresearch/