Prosecutors released damning, DNA forensic test results this morning from tests completed by the FBI and Oak Ridge National Laboratory labs in connection with the Casey Anthony case. Casey, 22, has been charged with killing her 3 year old daughter Caylee Marie Anthony. There is a match between a hair from a deceased person and a hair from Caylee’s hairbrush. This is critical evidence that little Caylee is, indeed dead. Caylee’s body has not been found yet, but mom Casey has been indicted on a first-degree murder charge alleging the child is dead.
The FBI lab tested items found in the trunk of Casey’s Pontiac Sunfire, including a hair strand, pieces from a tire cover and the trunk liner.
Here are some of the findings:
* The root of the hair showed signs of decomposition. A comparison to hair taken from Caylee’s brush and DNA taken from Casey showed that neither the mother nor the daughter could be excluded as the source of the hair. * Pants, skirts and shirts taken from Anthony’s home showed no signs of hair with decomposing roots. * Residues of chloroform were found on a tire cover in the trunk. * A hair fragment was found in the label on the handle of a shovel Anthony borrowed from a neighbor in mid-June, about the time Caylee is supposed to have disappeared. The hair was too small for microscopic comparison but DNA analysis found it did not belong to Casey Anthony or Caylee. * No fingerprints were found on the shovel.
Air samples and pieces of carpet from the trunk were sent Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee to determine whether there was signs of decomposition. Oak Ridge is home to the infamous “Body Farm”, and has been a leader in forensic testing for a very long time. The lab has been doing this type (air sample analysis) of research since 2002 and has developed the Decompositional Odor Analysis database.
Here are some of the results from the Oak Ridge Lab:
*Tests found five compounds consistent with body decomposition. Tests found evidence of decomposition on a hair strand found in the trunk, described as “microscopically similar” to one found on Caylee’s hair brush. The test showed early decomposition products and five major compounds associated with human decomposition. * A portion of the total odor signature from the trunk “is consistent with a decompositional event that could be from human origin.” * There appeared to “an unusually large concentration of chloroform — far greater than what is typically seen in human decomposition.” * However, the results do not rule out the “remote possibility” that a variety of products and materials …items that were NOT in the trunk when vehicle was discovered, could have affected the overall chemical signature.
Casey is being held without bail in the Orange County Jail. She has insisted that her daughter was taken by a baby sitter who has not been found.
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