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Authorities Searching for Florida Girl Notified of Missing Sex Offender

Posted by tothewire on February 16, 2009

 

Chad Eugene Reynolds

Chad Eugene Reynolds

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.

Maj. Chris Blair told Ocala.com that the Marion County Sheriff’s Office contacted the Putnum County Sheriff’s Office about Reynolds.

Authorities said their first concern is Reynolds’ safety, but added that he will likely be arrested for failing to report to his probation officer.

Reynolds was released in November and is on 10 years of community supervision, Ocala.com reports.

Haleigh was discovered missing from her Satsuma, Fla. home by her father’s girlfriend, Misty Croslin. The father, Ronald Cummings, said Haleigh had gotten up to use the bathroom, and when she didn’t return, Croslin went to look for her and noticed the back door of the mobile home they shared was open.

Police believe the girl was abducted.

Chief Deputy Rick Ryan of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department said in a news conference investigators continue to interview family members, their friends and others. Everyone is considered a potential person of interest.

“We’re frustrated, of course, but the No. 1 mission is to find the little girl and return her to her family,” he said. “We haven’t lost our motivation or our drive.”

As a registered sexual predator, Reynolds is required to report to his mother’s house everyday, according to Ocala.com.

“We’re handling it like any missing and endangered person. We’re concerned for his safety because his mother said he hasn’t done anything like this before,” Marion County Sheriff’s Capt. Tommy Bibb said.

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UPDATE:  Police are calling off the search for 5-year-old Haleigh Cummings to concentrate on the investigation.

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.

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Haleigh Cummings

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.

Chad Eugene Reynolds had been previously sentenced in Putnum County, the same county where Haleigh was reported missing, for armed burglary and lewd and lascivious molestation of a child younger than 12 that occurred on Sept. 3, 2002. Reynolds was released in November and is on 10 years of community supervision. Chad Reynolds has not been called a suspect officially; however, any common sense thinking person would have to put him in a person of interest category.

 

The story of Chad Reynold’s broken down vehicle sounds fishy at best. Why would the broken down vehicle not have been in the same location as initially stated.

Chad Reynolds reportedly called Baker and told her he was at the Wal-Mart in Summerfield and that the vehicle had broken down.

By the time Baker got there, Reynolds had gone. Baker later found her vehicle in Sumter County along U.S. 441. Baker told deputies the last time she spoke to Reynolds was 2:15 a.m. the following Monday. Five minutes after that call, Reynolds called his mother’s home but did not leave a message. On Feb. 3, a man identified only as “Ryan” told deputies he received a call from Reynolds; however, he did not speak with him because the phone was disconnected as soon as he said hello.

Deputies contacted Reynolds’ place of employment, Longhorn Steakhouse restaurant in Sumter County, and was told by the manager that Reynolds had not reported to work for two days.

UPDATE I: Chad Eugene Reynolds MySpace Account

Maybe there should have been a flashing warning on his Myspace account that he was a registered sex offender. At the very least in Chad’s details where it says children, maybe the answer should have been “lewd and lascivious molestation”.

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http://scaredmonkeys.com

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One Response to “Authorities Searching for Florida Girl Notified of Missing Sex Offender”

  1. […] Victor Manuel Ramos wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerptBy the time Baker got there, Reynolds had gone. Baker later found her vehicle in Sumter County along U.S. 441. Baker told deputies the last time she spoke to Reynolds was 2:15 a.m. the following Monday. Five minutes after that call, … […]

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