Caylee Anthony’s Remains Likely Found: Updates



Update: 2:28pm ET 12/12/08
Casey Anthony’s defense team says that Orange County Sheriff’s department has told them they are confident that the remains found yesterday ARE Caylee Anthony’s. The medical examiner has said there was evidence found that lets them already make a tentative ID that it is Caylee. There are reports that the child may have suffered a broken neck. Casey Anthony is reportedly still having panic attacks and is hysterical. Good. Should be good entertainment for the jail guards. It won’t, however, help any attempt at an insanity defense. She has nothing to bargain with now. Prosecutors may put the death penalty back on the table.

Update 7:18 ET12/12/08: Investigators took 7 huge bags full of stuff from the Anthony home, 2 vacuum cleaners, and several other items. The vacuum cleaners suggest the investigators are looking for fiber evidence to match what was found yesterday. The Anthonys are free to come back to their home now, although it isn’t certain that they will. It is still a media circus outside their home. Forensic scientists will be looking for any signs of intentional harm to Caylee, and the reports that the skull found had duct tape across it’s mouth is NOT a good sign.


Update 10:31 ET:
Crime scene tape is being placed around the Anthony home right now. The authorities just rolled up, hopped out, and began taping everything off around the house. Remember, cadaver dogs hit on Casey’s car, and in the back yard of the car. Police are guarding the entire property. Casey apparently had to take a sedative when she heard the news today. Shocker.

Update 7:20 pm ET: The black plastic bag found with the likely remains of Caylee Anthony is opaque, not able to be seen through. Tim Miller of Equusearch called off his first search for Caylee after he lost a 4-wheeler in this exact area to the mud and water. He feared that searchers would damage or destroy any possible evidence that might have been in the water. What a great call by Tim Miller.

Update 5:50 pm ET: Judge Andrew Napolitano says that the application for the search warrant tells him that the bag of bones was probably NOT where it was found today, when prior searches of the area took place. He says this could mean there were accomplices to the crime, and that this could be why the search warrant has been issued for the Anthony’s house. He admits this is a theory based upon his reading of the warrant application. I tend to disagree with the Judge, this is an area with a gazillion water-areas, the bag is rumored to have clothes in it, and could have been submerged for months. Why would someone else take Caylee, kill Caylee, and then dump her body just several doors down from her house? Also, remember, there is soil from the shovel that is involved in this case. The soil can be compared to the soil at the scene where the evidence was found.

Also, Jose Baez has just reached his office, and reporters are waiting to question him. It appears that the neighborhood is not being blocked off completely, as people from all over have descended upon the area around the Anthony home.

Update 4:45 pm ET: George and Cindy Anthony have just been escorted off of their plane by police. They will be leaving Orlando International Airport in a police escort, will not be going to their house, and will be going to an undisclosed location, possibly the Sheriff’s office. According to the Anthony’s spokesperson, Michelle Bart, they will not be returning to their home for at least the next 48 hours.

Update 4:15pm ET: Casey Anthony’s attorney Jose Baez has just filed an emergency motion with the court to preserve any forensic evidence in this case. This is a strong indication that Baez believes the remains found today are those of Caylee Anthony. These motions are normally granted, and prevent any type of forensic testing that would destroy the evidence, however since this is going to the FBI lab, it is unlikely that they are going to allow outside forensic people in there, or to handle evidence. There will be a hearing tomorrow at 10 am ET on this motion.

Snarkfood has been reporting all day on the remains found very near the home of the Anthony family, that are almost certainly those of little Caylee Anthony. Casey Anthony, Caylee’s mother, has been charged in her murder, and is currently in jail awaiting trial. You can read our earlier, detailed report at the story linked here.

It is rainy now in the area, and currently the authorities are removing the remains and other evidence from the scene so close to the home Caylee grew up in. The remains are reportedly being sent to the FBI lab in Quantico, Virginia. The Anthony house is in complete lockdown, with no one being allowed inside except authorities. A search warrant has been executed for a complete search of the home.

Search warrants must be VERY specific. This means that something they’ve found today has triggered the need to search the house. They’ll be looking for tape, garbage bags, clothes… all types of evidence they may be able to match to the remains and other evidence found this morning. They may look for shoes that could match footprints found at the scene.

Fox News Orlando says that there will probably be a bulldozer brought in to the scene as well, because this part of the area has at times been underwater, and some evidence may now be IN the ground. Orlando Sheriff Kevin Beary says they will be searching the ENTIRE area, that they will take their time, and that there will be:

“No mistakes. The remains have been taken to the medical examiner’s office, they are securing the Anthony home and the crime scene, and will be out there all night long. The fact that the remains are of a small female child makes us think we may have Caylee, but there is a lot of work left to do.” He says that if anyone tries to come into the scene and mess around, they will be going straight to jail.

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Breaking: Remains Of Small Child Found Near Casey Anthony’s Home, Likely Caylee Anthony

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.

More Drama In The Casey Anthony Case Today


Casey Anthony’s car, at the Orange County forensics department, reportedly still reeks of death.

Lots of drama today in the ongoing case of Casey Anthony, charged with murdering her 3 year old daughter Caylee. The media in Florida are continuously fighting to see WHO can get the most controversial story in the already controversial case, and the whacko Anthony family circus don’t usually disappoint. The Orlando Sentinel reports that WFTV-Channel 9’s Kathi Belich caused an Anthony family supporter to flee. WKMG-Channel 6 presented Cindy Anthony and attorney John Morgan disparaging each other.

The Anthony family has a new “spokesperson”, Michelle Bart, who has been representing the Kid Finders Network in the case of the missing girl. She was asked by the group to work on behalf of the Anthony family as well. Michelle is replacing Larry Garrison, who’s been accused Anthony family attorney Mark Nijame of hiding a $6,500 payment from NBC for providing photos of Caylee. Bart runs Helping Heroes Inc., a Vancouver, Wash.-based public-relations company that works with nonprofit organizations.

Some major drama occured when WFTV’s Kathi Belich confronted Dennis Milstead of Kid Finders Network, which the Anthony family has asked to help look for missing toddler Caylee. But Belich wanted to know about Milstead’s criminal past. When she started pressing, he turned wild-eyed, grabbed her microphone and pushed the WFTV camera. Belich noted that his group has never found any children. After Belich talked to Milstead, she reported that he packed up and left.

WFTV anchor Martie Salt recapped the sorry record of people involved in this case. “It seems everyone who gets their hands on this case ends up either fired or disgraced somehow,” she noted.

Salt’s list? Spokesman Larry Garrison, who was fired last week. Bounty hunter Leonard Padilla, who has been asked to take a lie-detector test. Anthony publicist Todd Black the mystery man who mistakenly acknowledged that Caylee is dead. And Jose Baez, who has drawn sharp criticism for his work as Casey’s attorney.

On WFTV, high-profile lawyer John Morgan lambasted the Anthony team’s decision to counter-sue a Morgan client. Morgan is representing Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez, who says her life was ruined after Casey Anthony wrongly named her as baby sitter to Caylee. WFTV’s Mary Nguyen reported that legal experts described the Anthony counter-suit as more like a motion to dismiss. “I don’t think I’ve ever read anything like it in my 25 years of practice,” Morgan told WFTV.

There was more Morgan drama on WKMG. Grandmother Cindy Anthony described Morgan as “frivolous” and “he needs to get back to chasing the ambulances.” Morgan fired back about the Anthonys’ behavior: “I would be chasing after Caylee. I would be in the woods. I would be going door to door.” He added that Cindy Anthony enjoys the media attention, but he sympathizes with the family. “I just think they’re desperate, they’re sick about what happened, they have an idea of what the truth is,” Morgan said.

WKMG promised a look at a little-known player in the Casey Anthony suit at 11 ET tonight. WESH-Channel 2 reported that bounty hunter Leonard Padilla is seeking more funding for searches from a film production company. Padilla told WESH that his dive search in Blanchard Park was not publicity stunt and that he did not plant anything there. WKMG reported that Padilla is waiting to hear from the FBI about taking that lie-detector test. And you can be sure that Nancy Grace will cover it ALL tonight on her show. Meanwhile, Casey Anthony lounges in jail, ordering candy and lingerie, remorseless.

Breaking: Divers In Caylee Anthony Case May Have Found Remains

UPDATE: The findings are not human remains, according to authorities. However, there is definitely some dispute about what the bone-looking things are. The divers are still insisting that they looked like bones. However, some authorities even went as far as saying that this was a “Leonard Padilla stunt.” Breaking now is a report that authorities now want to polygraph Leonard Padilla who organized the search. Padilla has reportedly agreed to the polygraph. Nancy Grace is gonna tear somebody a new one tonight. Leonard felt this area was very important because of Casey’s story of nonexistant babysitter Zenaida Gonzales taking Caylee to Jay Blanchard park, where the river is.

Little Caylee Anthony’s remains may have been found. Fox News Orlando affiliate WOFL is just reporting that the professional dive team searching the Little Econ River around Blanchard Park say they have found a garbage bag that was tied down with two bricks, containing what appear to be small bone fragments. The remains were described as resembling “fingers and toes”. A second bag with stuffed animals and a shamrock in it was also found. Shamrocks are significant because they are Casey Anthony’s favorite symbol. The area has been roped off. Reporters are cautioning the public against jumping to conclusions, as this discovery has just been made, and authorities must examine the findings. These professional divers have volunteered their time to search the very dark, muddy, alligator-infested water in hopes of finding Caylee.

Todd Bosinski, the lead diver, who is leading what they are calling a recovery mission for Caylee Anthony’s remains, says they have found a bag that was tied down with two bricks. He says that in that bag they have found what appear to be bone fragments.

In an impromptu news conference, Bosinski said that there was a shamrock inside the bag where the bone fragments were in. He stated they also found a bag with little toys inside.

According to Leonard Padilla, the infamous bounty hunter, the FBI has arrived on the scene. Fox News has confirmed the FBI is there.

The divers were hired by Padilla, and have been combing the waters of the Little Econ River to find the remains of missing 3-year-old Caylee Anthony.

Padilla says the 30 to 40 divers were hired from Black Water Divers. Approximately five divers are in the water now, searching for any signs of the toddler. The dive team specializes in searching areas that are extremely dark, and they said they are going to search until they find Caylee.

Padilla says this is no longer a search, but a recovery mission. The Orange County Sheriffs and the FBI just arrived on the scene. No official confirmation of these findings has been issued. This story is breaking, and Snarkfood will bring updates as soon as they become available.

DNA Results Released In Casey Anthony Case

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.

VIDEO REPORT ON DAMNING DNA EVIDENCE RELEASED TODAY

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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Did Casey Anthony Make Her Own Chloroform?


Orlando News Channel 9 is reporting that SOMEONE was looking up recipes to cook up the chemical chloroform on sociopath Casey Anthony’s home computer, around time her 3 year old daughter Caylee disappeared. If you’ve been following the case, you know that high levels of the deadly substance chloroform were found in the trunk of party-girl Casey’s car. Sheriff’s investigators have found that someone on Casey Anthony’s computer was researching not WHERE to buy chloroform, but recipes on how to make it yourself…which is apparently pretty easy. Bleach, or pool shock, acetone and ice are all you need. Do NOT go up in the kitchen and make this stuff. It is highly unstable and very deadly.

Chloroform isn’t supposed to be sold to the general public, but it IS sold on the ‘net, and it’s not that hard to buy. Buying it on the net, however, WOULD leave a paper-trail. When you Google “how do you make chloroform,” more than a million websites are listed with instructions. On one of the first ones, there is an explicit warning about chloroform, calling the chemical extremely dangerous and unpredictable. The warning says to NEVER allow children anywhere near it. Hmmm.

Channel 9’s news analyst Bill Sheaffer says it’s

“Another piece of evidence in the circumstantial chain. It’s significant because, if Casey made the chloroform as opposed to buying it, she could have been trying to cover her tracks. Buying it would have generated some sort of record. This way certainly, she could argue, ‘Alright, I was interested in looking into how to make chloroform, but I never did.’ Or, ‘That’s why you smelled chloroform in the trunk area, because I was experimenting in making it,'”

Right. Somehow Casey doesn’t seem like a big chemistry buff…she didn’t even graduate from high school. The question for Casey’s potential jurors will be…why would Casey buy, OR make chloroform? Last week, the Orange County grand jury heard from several witnesses, including the FBI and one of the sheriff’s computer investigators. Reportedly that information is going to be released to the public very soon. One theory being tossed about is that psycho Casey drove around for 11 DAYS with Caylee’s body in her trunk. That would certainly explain the many reports of the car’s horrible stench.

Things are moving rapidly since Casey was arrested for the third time, and this time was charged with Caylee’s murder. Casey Anthony’s defense attorney is going to start questioning his first prosecution witnesses in the case next Thursday. Some who will be taking the stand are an employee at the Amscot on Goldenrod and Highway 50 where Casey abandoned her car in late June, employees from Johnson’s Wrecker Service, the company that towed the car from the Amscot, and Casey’s ex-boyfriend Tony Lazzaro. What do they all have in common? They all had access to Casey’s car. (What else do they all have in common? No real motive for killing Caylee.)

Sociopath, selfish, golddigger, party-girl Casey needs to get served JUSTICE. And that’s a recipe only the jury can cook up.

Casey Anthony Appears In Court After Murder Indictment: Stupid Girl

Casey Anthony\'s mugshot after being indicted for murder

UPDATE: Casey Anthony’s first arraignment appearances have been set by the Orange County, Florida court. On Tuesday October 28, 2008 at 8:45 a.m. Anthony will appear before Circuit Judge Stan Strickland for arraignment in the First Degree Murder Case. She will return to court on November 5, 2008 at 9:00 a.m. for the child neglect and check fraud cases. Circuit Judge Stan Strickland will also handle that appearance.

Casey Anthony made her first appearance in court after her Grand Jury indictment yesterday for the murder of her 3 year old daughter Caylee. Casey went before Judge John Jordan, who read the charges against her and denied bond. As usual, stone-faced Casey was, well, stone-faced. No crocodile tears today! Here’s the video of Casey and her attorney Jose Baez this morning in court. Baez had no comment after the appearance, but a press conference will reportedly occur later today.

Cindy Anthony, whose attorney described as “medicated” last night (and therefore “unable to take a lie detector test”), made an appearance on the Today Show this morning and continued to defend her daughter Casey.

Last night on the Nancy Grace show, Texas Equusearch said they will mount “the biggest search they’ve ever done” for Caylee’s body. Meanwhile….

Garbage’s “Stupid Girl” is a GREAT song for party-girl, sociopath Casey.