When a child goes missing little consideration is given to the cost to find them. According to the Palatka Daily News Putnam County Florida commissioners have approved the transfer of $164,729 to the sheriff’s office budget from several grants, including $35,000 from the state to help defray costs associated with the search for Haleigh Cummings, a missing 5-year-old Satsuma girl. The cost do not include the numerous man-hours volunteers have donated to aid in search efforts nor does it include those expenses incurred by neighboring law enforcement agencies that provided resources.
Haleigh Cummings was last known to be sleeping in her home, in the area of Hermit’s Cove in Satsuma, Florida, on the evening of February 9, 2009. She was discovered missing during the early morning hours of February 10, 2009.
There are 348 missing children in Florida listed at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC).