AP / February 10, 2009 / Crystal Sheffield (l), the mother of Haleigh Cummings, and grandmother Teresa Neves (r) comfort the child's father Ronald Cummings.
FNC / Misty Croslin, 17, was reportedly the last one to see Haleigh Cummings before she disappeared.
Chad Eugene Reynolds, 25. As a registered sexual predator, Reynolds is required to report to his mother's
house everyday. / Marion County Sheriff's Office
Authorities Searching for Florida Girl Notified of Missing Sex Offender
Sunday, February 15, 2009 / FOX NEWS
Police searching for missing 5-year-old Haleigh Cummings were notified about a missing Florida sex offender, but stopped short of calling the man a suspect in the girl's disappearance, Ocala.com reports.
Chad Eugene Reynolds, 25, was last seen Feb. 1 leaving his mother's home in Ochlawaha, Fla. — about two hours from Haleigh's home — police said. He was reported missing on Feb. 4.
Reynolds reportedly borrowed a car from a friend and then later called to say the vehicle had broken down near the Marion/Lake County Lines, according to the Marion County Sheriff's Office. The car was located in an undisclosed location south of Marion County, but Reynolds was nowhere to be found.
Reynolds was sentenced in Putnum County — the same county where Haleigh was reported missing Feb. 10 — to seven years in prison for armed burglary and lewd and lascivious molestation of a child younger than 12. The incident happened in September of 2002.
Do you have information about Haleigh Cummings or Chad Reynolds? Call the Sheriff's Office at 732-9111 or Crime Stoppers at 368-STOP, or visit www.ocalacrimestoppers.com.