Cops Dig Up Grandma's House in Search for 5-Year-Old

Police spent the day Friday digging and dragging ponds at the home of missing Florida 5-year-old Haleigh Cummings' grandmother, but found only animal remains.

The new search comes more than four months after Putnam County, Fla., police scaled back their search for the little girl, who disappeared from the Satsuma, Fla., home of her father, Ronald Cummings, Tuesday, Feb. 10. He reported her missing in an desperate 911 call.

Even though an amber alert was issued and police received some 4,000 tips, the girl has not been found and no suspect or person of interest has ever been identified.

"[The search] was initiated because we did a interview with some family members ... and during the interview they wanted to make sure we understood that they had buried some animals here during the investigation," Putnam County Sheriff's Office Capt. Dominick Piscatello said. "With that said, we couldn't leave any stones unturned."

Some 40 people, including divers and members Florida's Department of Law Enforcement, Baker County and Putnam County sheriffs offices, with the help of cadaver dogs, searched the 30-acre Glen St. Mary home of Haleigh's grandmother, Marie Griffis.

The little girl's mother, Crystal Sheffield, also lives there.

"Any searches they do I think is wonderful. I mean, it's never enough for me, until I see her," Sheffield told local TV stations. "It's hard to explain. I mean, I know she's not out here, but it makes me feel better that they did come here. I mean, that's all I can really say."

The only thing the searchers found were animal remains.

"We haven't found anything," Piscatello said. "We did locate the animals they said that they buried. ... It was a horse. We found some bones from some cows and some goats."

The effort Friday was the first physical search for the little girl since March.

Police and Texas EquuSearch, a volunteer group that joined the effort, scaled back their hunt for Haleigh after a week of intensive searching, but they said they had not given up, according to Putnam County Sheriff Jeff Hardy.

"We've not abandoned this search," Hardy said in February. "We don't have all our questions answered and obviously we don't have Haleigh. ... We will go anywhere tips lead."

Even though Putnam County Sheriff's Office Capt. Steve Rose said at the time that authorities were following "several good leads" uncovered while canvassing the little girl's neighborhood and adjacent neighborhoods, nothing ever came of them.

Through the ordeal, Haleigh's family has shown similar dogged determination.

"If I lost hope, what does she have left then?" Haleigh's father, Ronald Cummings, told ABC News' Orlando affiliate WFTV in February. "Like I gave up on her? I'm not giving up on her. Never."

The sheriff's office had turned to county, state and federal governments to help fund the effort, according to WFTV.

Hardy met with county commissioners Monday about the problem.

"He told me that at some point they were going to have to come to us, they thought, because they would have exhausted their budget with what they have," Putnam County Commissioner Nancy Harris told WFTV.

Terrifying Discovery: Haleigh Cummings Disappears

Florida police treated Haleigh's disappearance as an abduction, investigators said early on in the investigation, after concluding she did not simply wander off alone.

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