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Caylee Anthony’s Body Found

Posted by tothewire on December 12, 2008

 Small Child’s Remains Found Near Home of Caylee Anthony’s Family



The skeletal remains of a small child were found Thursday near the home of missing Orlando girl Caylee Anthony’s family.

There was no immediate word on whether the bones, reportedly discovered wrapped in a plastic bag and bound with duct tape, were those of a boy or a girl.

“All we know is that remains of a child have been found,” a police spokeswoman told FOXNews.com.

Orange County sheriffs and forensics teams were working at the scene at the intersection of South Chickasaw Trail and Suburban Drive, on the edge of the Anthonys’ neighborhood about 10 miles southeast of downtown Orlando.

4_64_120108_caylee7Sheriff’s Office spokesman Jim Solomons said that a utility worker found the body at 9:32 a.m. EST Thursday in a wooded area less than a half-mile from the house Caylee lived in with her grandparents and mother.

The water meter reader reportedly picked up the bag and a small skull rolled out that sources say strongly resembled that of a little girl.

There were reports of duct tape around the mouth area of the child’s skull.

Police said the Anthony family has been notified of the discovery and no one is being allowed in their house. Sheriffs were preparing a search warrant for the Anthony home, MyFOXOrlando.com reported.

Caylee has been missing since June, two months shy of her third birthday.



Her mother, Casey Anthony, 22, has been charged with first-degree murder of her daughter, child abuse, aggravated manslaughter and four counts of lying to investigators about Caylee’s disappearance.

Anthony faces life in prison if convicted. Prosecutors said last week they won’t seek the death penalty in the case.

Orange County Capt. Angelo Nieves wouldn’t say whether the bones seemed to be those of the missing little girl.

“At this point, it would be reckless to conclude that,” Nieves told FOX News. “We do have skeletal remains consistent with a small child. We will work with the medical examiner to make a proper identification.”

Orange County Sheriff Kevin Beary said his deputies were investigating with the FBI.

“We’re all working on this case together,” he told reporters at an afternoon press briefing. “We’ve got a lot of lab work to do, a lot of DNA work to do, a lot of crime scene work to do. We may be here all night.”

Todd Black, the spokesman for Casey Anthony’s defense attorney, told the Orlando Sentinel he hoped the discovery was not related to their case.

“If it is, it is a sad day,” he said.

The medical examiner declined to offer details about its involvement.

“We have been advised to do a recovery, but until our investigator comes back with the information we have no comment,” said Sheri Blanton, senior program manager for the Orange County Medical Examiner’s office.

It is more difficult to identify a child’s body than an adult’s, experts say.

Dr. Lee Jantz, coordinator of the forensic anthropology center at the University of Tennessee, said the first thing medical examiners will do is compare photos of the child with the skull, in hopes of making a bone structure comparison. In high-profile cases the DNA of the bones will also be tested.

Mandy Albritton, a member of EquuSearch — one of the groups that searched for the missing toddler — said their volunteers did not check the location in early September because it was submerged in water. When they returned in November, the site had been fenced off.

One of EquuSearch’s volunteers, Deborah Smith, searched the area three times and said “she had a bad feeling” because Anthony had said her daughter was nearby.

“It’s really wet and steep and there’s lots of snakes back there,” she said.

“I do believe it’s (Caylee Marie),” Smith said.

Earlier Thursday, Ninth Circuit Judge Stan Strickland complied with a request by defense lawyer Jose Baez to put off the start date of her trial from Jan. 5 until March. He set another hearing for Jan. 15.

Baez also asked for a change of venue.

Also this week, Baez said he was seeking a court order for surveillance video from a local mall taken the day of a reported sighting of Caylee.

He is asking the Florida Mall be ordered to turn over the footage captured in November in a play area of the Orlando shopping center, where an employee says she snapped a photo of a Caylee look-alike on Nov. 16.

“I took my last cell phone picture as the woman (accompanying the little girl) tried to cover her head with her arm to hide from me taking her picture,” mall employee Halima Solomita told MyFOXOrlando.com.

Caylee’s mother and grandparents did not report her missing until July, about a month after she was last seen.

Plastic Bag, Duct Tape Could Yield Vital Clues in Caylee Anthony Case

1_65_121108_bodyThe plastic bag and duct tape reportedly found with the remains of a child’s body in Orlando, Fla., could help tie the unidentified skeleton to missing toddler Caylee Anthony, a forensic pathologist tells FOXNews.com.

8_64_caylee_remains_mapThe remains, found Thursday by a utility worker less than half a mile from Caylee’s home, have yet to be identified, but investigators will be searching the scene for “a treasure trove of forensic evidence,” FOX News contributor Michael Baden said.

Pathologists should be able to identify the body quickly from dental records, Baden said, and the plastic and duct tape could provide additional vital clues, including fingerprints. They could also provide clues to how the child died, and to who dumped the body.

“The beauty of duct tape — no matter rain, snow, sleet — that fingerprint will stay there,” Baden said, adding that if someone used their teeth to rip it, it could yield DNA evidence too.

“Right now, they would be looking at all the contents of the plastic bag and they would be looking at the plastic bag itself,” Baden said. “The fingerprints on the outside often get dissolved away by weather, but the inside of the plastic bag, the fingerprints would be there.”

Two-year-old Caylee Anthony has been missing since June 16. Her mother, Casey Anthony, 22, has been charged with first-degree murder of her daughter, child abuse, aggravated manslaughter and four counts of lying to investigators about her disappearance.

Evidence found in the trunk of Casey Anthony’s Pontiac Sunfire showed a decomposing body had been kept there. Strands of Caylee’s hair were found, as were traces of chloroform.

“One important thing that I’ve hoped they’ve done already is take an air sample from the bag because they found chloroform in the vehicle and the cause of death still has to be determined,” Baden said.

Finding chloroform could poke holes in the prosecution’s first-degree murder case, if this is Caylee’s body, he said.

“If it is chloroform as the cause of death, then it could be an accidental overdose and would not be capital, first-degree murder, because sometimes chloroform is used as a babysitter, to put a baby to sleep while mom goes out partying,” Baden said.

If dental records cannot be used to identify the body, DNA evidence will be used to identify the skeletal remains. The remains will also be examined for signs of trauma.

“If there are fractures to the skeleton, then that goes again to first degree — intentional suffering on the part of the baby,” Baden said. “They can tell the baby suffered.”

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5 Responses to “Caylee Anthony’s Body Found”

  1. tothewire said

    Such a tragedy! How could someone do this?


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  4. Holly in Maine said

    Actually according to Florida law, if a death occurs in the commission of a felony crime, regardless if the death wasn’t planned beforehand or even intended, it is murder 1…


  5. tothewire said

    good to know Holly!


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