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Florida: Girl’s Remains Are Identified

Posted by tothewire on December 20, 2008

Skeletal remains found in the woods in the Orlando area are those of Caylee Anthony, the 3-year-old who has been missing since June, and her death is considered a homicide, an Orange County medical examiner said.

The cause of the child’s death will be listed as homicide by undetermined means, said Jan Garavaglia, medical examiner for Orange County, Florida. She said she does not expect enough additional evidence to surface for that finding to be revised.

The remains were identified through DNA testing, comparing a sample from the remains to a sample known to be from Caylee. Some of the remains had been sent to the FBI lab in Quantico, Virginia, for testing.

The skull was found December 11 a half-mile from the home of Caylee’s grandparents, where the girl and her mother, Casey Anthony, 22, lived before the girl disappeared. She was last seen in June.

Caylee’s mother, Casey Anthony, 22, was indicted in October on first-degree murder and other charges

George and Cindy Anthony, Casey Anthony’s parents, did not give up hope that Caylee was still alive until they were notified of the test results, their attorney, Brad Conway, said Friday. He took no questions but read from a statement.

“They now know that their precious granddaughter is safe and hope that she will serve as the angel that protects thousands of missing children and their families,” he said, adding that the Anthonys want “the same answers as everyone who has been assigned to investigate and prosecute this case” and will be available to authorities.

“As you can imagine, the Anthonys are grieving deeply over this loss,” he said. “Please respect their privacy and understand they will stand together as a family in order to get through this. … This is a tragic moment in the lives of good and honorable people. Please treat them respectfully so they can grieve with dignity over the loss of this precious child, Caylee Marie Anthony.”

On Thursday, the sheriff’s office said that the utility worker who found the skull December 11 had called police three times — August 11, 12 and 13 — regarding the site where the remains were found.

That utility worker, Roy Kronk, came forward Friday. Reading from a statement, he said that “back in August of this year, I previously reported to Crimeline and to the sheriff’s communications center that I had spotted something suspicious, a bag in the same area.”

“I have been and will continue to cooperate fully with the ongoing investigation by the sheriff’s office and the FBI,” Kronk said.

He refused to provide details of what he saw at the site where the remains were found.

His attorney, David Evans, said Kronk “has no connection whatsoever to this case, has no connection whatsoever to the Anthony family or any of the proceedings that have gone on before. He is here as a concerned citizen and no more. Those who have specified to the contrary could not be more wrong.”

Evans said Kronk was asking for privacy for his co-workers, who have been the subject of “intrusive news-gathering activities.” Some of those colleagues, he said, “protected his privacy and sacrificed their own in doing so.”

Kronk will not be granting interviews at this time, Evans said.

Police said Thursday that in his first call August 11, the worker reported seeing a gray bag on the side of the road. A deputy responded, Nieves said, but the worker was no longer at the scene, and the deputy did not see the bag.

On August 12, the worker called a police crime line. The call was sent to a detective, who told the meter reader that the area had been searched and cleared by cadaver dogs, police said.

On August 13, the worker reported finding a bag in a swampy area, and a deputy was dispatched. The deputy looked at the area but found nothing, thinking the “bag” may have just been trash, Nieves said.

The meter reader revisited the site last week, apparently while working in the area, authorities said, and found the skull.

The site was searched earlier, Beary said, but was flooded at the time.

Nieves said Thursday that police were conducting a thorough review of the tips and their response but emphasized that the meter reader has been cooperative and is not a suspect.

Beary acknowledged Friday that there were questions surrounding those tips but said the only way to find the answers was to conduct an investigation.

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2 Responses to “Florida: Girl’s Remains Are Identified”

  1. tothewire said

    Is Kronk a hero, or part of this crime?


  2. Rj said

    I was wondering that…


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