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Sheriff’s Office: “We’ve got her!” Investigators said they were “very optimistic” they had found the missing girl.
The remains of a small child, including a skull, were discovered around 9:30 this morning near the intersection of Chickasaw Trail and Suburban Drive by an Orange County water meter reader about 20-30 feet off the sidewalk when he went into a wooded area to relieve himself. The remains were found in a black trash bag sealed with duct tape about 3/10 of a mile away from the Anthony home where she lived with her mother and grandparents on Hopespring Drive. Apparently, the worker spotted the bag and for no reason, poked it with a stick. It was then that a skull tumbled out. A police spokesman said the remains seem to be rather well preserved. Orange County Sheriff Kevin Beary said he didn’t think any clothing was found with the body, but that remark was later amended. How much evidence was gathered remains a closely guarded secret, but Beary did admit, when questioned, that his gut feeling was that this is the body of Caylee Anthony.
(I live in the Orlando area and I am familiar with the vicinity. To access the neighborhood where the Anthony’s live, you can only enter from Chickasaw Trail or Suburban Drive as the map shows.)
When Texas EquuSearch went there earlier in the search, it was under water. The water has since receded. Subsequently, a chain link fence was erected, restricting access to that particular area. Residents said duct tape was found around the mouth area of the skull, but those reports have not been confirmed by law enforcement officials and police have not positively identified the body, but look at the facts:
- The remains were found very near the Anthony home.
- The Orange County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed the remains are from a young child.
- No other children have been reported missing in the vicinity*.
- Lead investigator John Allen called Cindy Anthony (Caylee’s grandmother) soon after the body was found. She and her husband, George, were ready to return home from California, after being interviewed by Larry King last night.
- Casey Anthony spent time in the wooded area with her friends when she was in high school. Nearby neighbors all along told police to look there, that Casey liked the spot.
- “I know in my heart she’s not far,” Casey told her mother from jail.
- The search for Caylee has been called off. Done. Over. The end.
It is highly unlikely the remains are not Caylee. From hearsay on the street level, word is rapidly spreading that they are of a homicide victim (duh?) of the same age, size, and approximate date of death. No doubt where that information came from. The FBI has also stated it will work feverishly to determine the identity through DNA analysis. My educated guess is that Dr. G: Medical Examiner will do the autopsy to try to determine the cause and forensics experts will try to solve the mystery surrounding poor Caylee’s death.
No doubt, too, that jailers will be keeping a close watch on Casey’s reaction, but as far as I’m concerned, the body of Caylee Marie Anthony has been found. Casey Closed.
*Two year old Trenton Duckett disappeared on August 27, 2006 and has never been located. Today’s discovery is not that of Trenton Duckett, police have determined.
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ADDENDUM (All times Eastern Standard Time)
12/11 – 6:52pm – News reports are surfacing that Casey sobbed uncontrollably and was given a sedative after hearing about the discovery from her attorney, Jose Baez.
12/12 – 10:00pm – News sources report that lead Casey Anthony defense attorney Jose Baez will soon name Linda Kenney Baden as his co-counsel. She is the wife of noted forensic pathologist Dr. Michael M. Baden. She is known for getting a hung jury in the murder trial of famed record producer Phil Spector in Los Angeles in August 2007.
12/13 – 9:15am – The NBC Today Show announced that duct tape was, in fact, found over the mouth of the skull. This could infer cause of death as suffocation or that it was used to quiet the child prior to death. If tissue around the area exists, it may show signs of inflammation.