Caylee Marie Anthony’s memorial was finally held yesterday, a heartbreaking service for a slain little angel. Rest In Peace, Caylee Marie. You are home.
New reports this evening in the Caylee Anthony homicide case…the state of Florida believes that Caylee’s death was not an accident, that the duct tape was intentionally placed over the child’s mouth, and that Caylee was killed in June. The tests have now been run on Caylee’s hair found at the scene, and it matches the hair found in the trunk of Casey’s car. This directly places Caylee’s body in the trunk of the car. Evidence points to Casey killing little 2 year-old Caylee intentionally, and alone.
Sources also say investigators have established a time frame of death that dates back to June, according to reports returned by forensic botanists and entomologists. They were brought in to analyze the terrain and insect growth where Caylee’s remains were found. Biological growth was found growing up through the skeleton, and bug evidence was also analyzed. These insect and botanical studies can pinpoint how long the body was there at the crime scene with amazing accuracy. The Oak Ridge National Laboratory (The Body Farm) said that there was 2.6 days of human decomposition evident in Casey’s trunk.
A hair which showed signs of decomposition was also found in the trunk. Sources said the hair matches hair taken from Caylee’s remains. Investigators believe the time frame coupled with other evidence- the duct tape found over the mouth of Caylee’s skull, high levels of chloroform detected in the trunk and cell phone pings from Anthony’s phone that place her near the crime scene in mid-June…points only to Casey as the killer. Officials now firmly believe that Casey acted intentionally, and alone.
Casey and her mother Cindy had a huge fight the night of June 15th, when Cindy confronted Casey about money she had stolen from the family. Cindy reportedly was so angry she put her hands around Casey’s throat. Casey took Caylee and left the house, and that was the last time anyone saw Caylee alive. Casey always had an animosity with her mother. Additionally, Casey’s boyfriend at the time told police that he’d told Casey he didn’t want to have female children; that he wanted sons.
Motive doesn’t have to be proven to convict someone of murder. Premeditated or not, Casey committed aggravated child-abuse towards Casey. Sources said although a cause of Caylee’s death may never be known, Casey will be convicted based on extremely strong evidence. This means there must have been significant evidence of Casey being at the crime scene where Caylee was found…fingerprints, DNA, possibly other definitive, forensic evidence.
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.