As I write this, bones pulled from the St. John’s River are being tested to see if they belong to missing Florida child, Haleigh Cummings. Here’s where the problem is — IF they have bones that belong to Haleigh, it’s more than likely that investigators will not be able to get DNA from a perp because of the length of time the body has been in the water. They will have to rely on testimony from witnesses. Based on the stories we’ve heard from Misty, Tommy, Ronald, Cousin Joe, Granny and the rest of the clan, and their admitted drug use, we may NEVER know what happened. What we do know is, if it is her, little Haleigh didn’t put herself in that river, miles away from her home in the middle of the night. Whatever the case, I’m sure there’s a lot of wheeling, dealing and soul searching (for those who have them) going on at the jailhouse tonight. How can we believe anything anyone in this case says, especially Misty? I spent extensive time with her — in Satsuma and in New York — and one thing I can tell you is, she’s a good liar.
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Steph is an investigative journalist specializing in compelling crime and justice television. He has appeared on on HLN, CBS News, FOX News, ESPN, CNN, A&E and ID. Steph’s work as an investigative reporter is profiled in “The Murder Business”, a book by Mark Fuhrman and “Portrait of a Monster” about killer Joran Van Der Sloot. Steph's firm understanding of the justice system, along with his investigative skills and innate ability to connect with the interview subject, make him the go-to-guy for crime and justice and a known voice for the missing, murdered and misunderstood.