SATSUMA, Fla. -- People came together to celebrate what would've been Haleigh's ninth birthday today.
Family and friends released nine balloons, as requested by her jailed father, and planted a tree outside the classroom where she attended kindergarten.
Haleigh Cummings has been missing since February of 2009 while in the care of Misty Croslin. Croslin said she put Haleigh to bed and the girl vanished during the night. Haleigh was five years old then.
Croslin is now in jail on drug charges after marrying and divorcing Haleigh's father, Ronald Cummings. He is also in jail on drug charges.
Authorities have long said Misty has the keys to solving this missing child mystery. Haleigh has been declared dead by the sheriff's office but her body has not been found.
Her family is holding onto hope that she is still alive.