Bombshell news as Orlando media sources are reporting that the skeletal remains of a small child have been found near the home of Casey Anthony, charged in the murder of her daughter Caylee. They were found about 10-15 houses away in a wooded, vacant lot. The remains ARE very probably those of littleCaylee Anthony, according to news sources. Everything seems to fit. There are no other small children missing anywhere in the area. The Sheriff has just said that this is now a top priority for the lab, and that they will work through the weekend if necessary.
Sheriff’s spokesman Jim Solomons said the remains were found around 9:30 ET. in the area of S. Chickasaw Trail and Suburban Drive by a utility worker. The location is less than 1/4 mile from the Anthonys’ home on Hopespring Drive. A meter-reader, who was about 20 yards into the woods when he found the remains. The utility worker picked up a bag and a skull rolled out of it. Residents said duct tape was found around the skull; local Fox news is reporting that the duct tape was around the mouth as well as the bag. “Because of the proximity to the Anthony home, this is a very significant find,” Solomons said. Three-year-old Caylee Marie Anthony has been missing since mid-June, but mom Casey didn’t report her being gone for almost a month. Casey Anthony is in jail, charged with Caylee’s murder.
Orange County Sheriff’s Office patrol cars are blocking Suburban Drive at Hopespring Drive. A section of woods near the intersection is blocked off with yellow crime tape. It is maybe a 4 minute walk from the Anthony home. Captain Angelo Nieves of the sheriff’s office said forensic detectives are inspecting the remains. He will only say the FBI is on the scene, that they are recovering the remains, and working with the medical examiner’s office to ID the body. Every indication, however, is that Caylee Anthony has been found. The area had reportedly been searched before, but is steep and often is swampy and has not been able to be searched recently. Remember, Casey Anthony had said that she “felt like Caylee was nearby.”
Geraldo Rivera is reporting that his sources say the remains ARE Caylee’s, and that the authorities have determined the remains are of a little girl, the correct size as 3 year-old Caylee. He says it appears that the plastic bag that the remains were found in…which could be matched to bags seized from the Anthony home, was sealed with duct tape. Geraldo’s sources inside the case said that “This is not a false alarm, there is every indication that this is the body of Caylee Anthony. The anthropologicals are in, and they match. There is every indication that this is Caylee Anthony.” He thinks that prosecutors could put the death penalty back as an option for Casey Anthony, depending upon the results of the forensics and cause of death.
Duct tape can be a great way to preserve forensic evidence. The adhesive side is an excellent preserver of fingerprints. This will be a treasure-trove of forensic evidence. Also, if Caylee had ever been to the dentist, an immediate ID can be made, and also the height of the child will be very telling. DNA tests will take a few days. Any clothing that could be in the bag will also help with identifying the remains. There still will be the question of how the child died. Forensic examiners can sample the air in the bag for chloroform, which has been suggested as the means of murder in Caylee’s mom Casey Anthony’s case.
The manner of death will be crucial in this case. If the duct tape is on her mouth, it would indicate a planned murder. If Caylee suffered, then you have Capital Murder, where the death penalty is not only an option, but arguably a must. If the death was caused by illegally imposed by chloroform, it could be Second Degree Murder.
Tim Miller of Texas Equusearch- who has conducted extensive searches for Caylee, got a call saying “Tim, it looks like we got her.” Tim says he’s hearing from his sources in the Orange County Sheriff’s department that they are remains found in a garbage bag, that they feel that it is Caylee, it will take a bit for positive ID. That is an area Tim’s group searched, but there was a lot of water at the time, conditions weren’t favorable at the time. It wasn’t an area they could search earlier in the year. It is near the “cell tower ping” area identified by traces on tot mom Casey’s cellphone. Tim Miller says he hopes that the remains are Caylee’s, and he hopes this part of the tragedy is over.
Sheriff’s Deputies are at the Anthony home right now, and no one is being allowed inside. It is now being considered a crime scene. George and Cindy Anthony are coming back from taping a show in California, and son Lee Anthony was watching the home. Again, no one is being allowed inside the home, except for the authorities.
Casey Anthony’s attorney, Jose Baez, is reportedly at the jail right now with Casey, and has said he will not make a statement on this matter until the remains are positively identified. He was granted a motion today to delay the trial until March. He apparently sped back to the jail when the news broke, presumably to keep her silent. Stay tuned, Snarkfood’s updating this story here.