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Small child’s body found this morning near Casey Anthony’s home-UPDATE

December 11, 2008


According to WFTV, a small child’s body was found in a bag  less than 1/4 mile from the Anthony family home this morning.

The remains of what appears to be a small child were found in east Orange County near the Anthony family home Thursday. Sheriff’s spokesman Jim Solomons confirmed the remains were found along Suburban Drive by a utilities worker who called authorities about 9:30 a.m.
“Sheriff’s spokesman Jim Solomons said a utility worker found the child’s remains at 9:32 a.m. and called the sheriff’s office. The location is less than one-quarter mile from Casey Anthony’s home on Hopespring Drive.”

“Deputies did respond to that area, and once we were on the scene, we determined that we do have the remains of a young child. Obviously, our concern is that it’s in close proximity to some recent activity in that part of the county, and it’s incumbent upon us to determine what we have,” said Orange County sheriff’s spokesman Jim Solomons, referring to the Casey Anthony case.

Investigators are on the scene, which is several blocks away from the Hopespring Drive home where Casey Anthony was staying with her parents, Cindy and George Anthony.
map-where-body-foundThis is the area where Casey hung out and played with her friend as a child (near the elementary school).  the live feed is talking to Leonard Padilla and he is saying that his sources say it is a young female around 3 years old. Where she was found is about 10 doors down from the Anthony’s home.  Is that what Casey meant when she said Caylee was “close. very close?”

It has been confirmed there are skeletal remains found in a plastic bag. The Anthonys have been notified about the find.

According to a man interviewed by a reporter on the scene, .the area the body was found has been searched several times and he was part of the searches.  He wasn’t surprised that they didn’t find her before.He said  there’s a fence on one side and that  the woods are extremely dense and overgrown.  He said ou can’t really see anything out there and  it”s also very close to her house–it would have been the easiest place to dispose of her body.

George and Cindy are on a plane and not expected to be back from California til this afternoon. John Allen called them on the telephone to tell them about the find. Jose Baez is at the jail waiting with Casey waiting to hear if the human remains of a child are Caylee.

Tim Miller believes it is Caylee. “It will be a few days before the forensic evidence will be in, but it appears the search for Caylee Anthony is over.”  The body was found in a garbage  bag with duck tape around it. When TES searched the area was underwater.  It was NOT an area that was searched thoroughly.  It was outside the cell tower areas so not seriously searched.

Geraldo just said on Fox News that his sources are telling him it’s Caylee.  He said that a small skull fell out of the bag when the utility worker picked it up and that he hoped he had the wherewithal to not touch anything else or open the bag all the way as the air inside it could be analyzed.  He also said the sticky side of the duct tape was a great conduit for fingerprints.

1:30 Eastern timeThey are saying that the only other child that has been missing and that was since 2006, was the Duckett child. Sheriff Beary is saying it is a definite possibility that it is Caylee.  They’ve notified Jose Baez in writing about the find.

Sheriff Beary just gave an interview on scene.  He said it’s a top priority case, and they’ll work through the weekend if necessary to get the forensics done on this case. He verified they found the skull of a small child. (although earlier he told reporters it was a skeleton inside a bag.  The state’s attorney’s office has told him they don’t want any info released, so he has tightened his story)

The sex has not been determined at this point and he indicated there didn’t appear to be any clothes with the body. This brings to mind the conversation Casey had with Padilla’s man that was driving her around when she was out on bail.  Casey told them “they haven’t even found her clothes.”

Beary indicated they have a lot of work to do and they may be there all night.  The county employee was a meter reader. The remains were found 45-60 feet back in the woods.  This area was totally underwater when they first searched.  “We were all over this area several times, bottom line, it was probably under water,” Beary said.

According to reporters, even though the prosecutors took the death penalty off the table,  considering the circumstances, that could change.

Jose Baez just left the jail from a meeting with Casey.  He ignored all questions and seemed upset.All he would say is, “I will make a statement at a later date today.  Give me my distance.”

3:28 pm eastern time

Tim Miller stated that the FBI told him they believe the remains found are Caylee’s. Of course it could be days before that can be confirmed. George and Cindy are due to arrive in Orlando in the next hour. Whatever we might think about George and Cindy Anthony, we should all be praying for that family tonight.

A search warrant for the Anthony home is being sought at this time.  It’s unknown why they are wanting to go back and search the house again.


22 Comments leave one →
  1. jocelyn permalink
    December 11, 2008 10:28 am

    Praying that this is caylee and she can be laid to rest.

  2. pak31 permalink
    December 11, 2008 10:29 am

    Wow. Almost surreal. Let’s pray.

  3. jocelyn permalink
    December 11, 2008 10:30 am

    I have been on wordpress all morning refreshing the pages for new updates……..I prayed hard last night as I laid in bed trying to sleep, my thought turning from my own children safe and sound and wishing that Caylee could be laid to rest.

  4. Hilde permalink
    December 11, 2008 10:59 am

    I am watching the News right now and sitting here with cold chills all over my Body and tears
    in my Eyes. Could that be really the Break we were looking forr?
    It has been so emotional for all of us.

    Could that be the End of all this and Casey finally is found out for what she is.
    A cold blooded Murder?

    Could it be that Caylee is finally home and will get her Justice?

    So many Questions, soon we will have the Answers and Closure for Caylee, that weet little Angel.

  5. Hilde permalink
    December 11, 2008 11:01 am

    error…. sweet

  6. itsamysterytome permalink*
    December 11, 2008 11:16 am

    I’ve been sitting hear thinking about this and if this is Caylee, I am truly shocked that Casey was so cruel as to have thrown that baby in the woods in a bag like she was tossing garbage and done it less than 1/4 mile from her house. Then to tell her parents that “she was close”! What kind of monster is she if this true? One like I’ve never encountered before.

  7. December 11, 2008 11:46 am

    Mystery, this is what we have been praying for!! The investigators went to the Anthony home to search the backyard, and who is believed to be Lee’s girlfriend arrived and entered the Anthony home and was quickly escorted outside by police.

  8. MAND permalink
    December 11, 2008 12:02 pm

    It has to be her,it has to be, there have been no other small child reported missing in the area. Thank God she has been found and can be put to rest in this holy season of the year.

    Casey is a monster,someone described her as diabolical that would be close.
    It will be interesting to hear what Cindy has to say?
    I’m not being cruel or uncaring, when I ask this. I think she will deny it is Caylee at first, then she will blame it on the Zenaida that Le did not find, one of the 11 she spoke of on LK.

  9. itsamysterytome permalink*
    December 11, 2008 12:21 pm

    Yes, I hope it is her. But, you know, I think a part of me always hoped she really was alive and they would find her. To think all this time she’s been right there–so sad.

    I can’t imagine what that plane ride from California to Florida must have been like. That’s a long flight anyway. Mand,I don’t know what Cindy will do. Who else’s little body could it be? Don’t know how she could reason it away.

  10. December 11, 2008 12:47 pm

    Hi Mystery, this has to be Caylee as what other little person is missing in Florida. I Believe all our prayers were answered and God brought her home right when he felt she needed to be found. Like you i would love to think she was alive but knew from day one she wasn’t, for a Mother that had not harmed her child would be frantic to give any and all information. I too wonder what C&G are thinking about now. Boy i would love to have been able to see the look on Casey’s face when Baez told her. she knows it is caylee. She is sunk now.

  11. December 11, 2008 12:56 pm

    be sure your sins will find you that caylee has her peace i just want to say that i pray casey will repent and find her peace with GOD. although i still believe her punishment is justified, but she can be forgiven by an Almighty GOD, though alot of mankind will not be so merciful.

  12. itsamysterytome permalink*
    December 11, 2008 1:05 pm

    Knight Owl-did u see Baez when the reporters were following him out of the courthouse? His smirk was gone.

    He said last night before all this happened that Casey wasn’t doing that well being locked up so long.

  13. itsamysterytome permalink*
    December 11, 2008 1:23 pm

    Do you believe in fate? Turns out the meter reader just went into those woods to relieve himself! There aren’t any meters back in there. Wow.

  14. Truth4Caylee permalink
    December 11, 2008 1:26 pm

    We had all hoped Caylee was alive but I instantly knew she wasn’t when I found out IT WAS NEVER REPORTED TO POLICE.

    You all need to pray that it is Caylee,so that she can finally be laid to rest and Casey finally pays for her evil,inhumane ways. Caylee is in a better place,let her go. Let her have a proper burial with our deepest respect.

    C&G can now get a real job,whether it be working for kidfinders ( rolls eyes ) whatever! but keeping the charade going is not healthy. * Closure *

  15. itsamysterytome permalink*
    December 11, 2008 1:52 pm

    Amen! Truth4Caylee!

  16. Jamie permalink
    December 11, 2008 2:01 pm

    We all know this is Caylee. It is so so so sad, yet admittedly not surprising. Casey Anthony is a cold blooded murderer and should rot in jail for the rest of her life for what she did to that little girl.

  17. Hilde permalink
    December 11, 2008 2:38 pm

    God works in mysterious Ways and loves Children.

    This happened just before Christmas.

    You think maybe that is our Christmas Miracle?

    That shows us anything can happen, no Matter how hopeless the Situation is.

    We never thought Caylee’s Body could be found after all this time.

    I know we have to wait for Confirmation.

    My Heart tells me it is Caylee.

    Did Our little Angel Caylee came home for Christmas?

    Justice for Caylee is in Progress….

  18. Kari permalink
    December 11, 2008 10:41 pm

    Unbelievable! I had really given up hope that she would ever be found, that we would ever know what happened. If it is Caylee, then the whole truth will most likely come out…

    I am now hoping for Cindy’s sake, and all of them, that the truth will still be some kind of accidental death, and not murder…

    I think Mand’s got it right, Cindy will stay stubbornly in denial to the death, unless Casey outright confesses. Cindy will buy whatever new story Casey comes up with, and refuse to listen to reason. Most especially if there are signs of abuse, or evidence of murder, Casey will blame the ‘real’ Zenaida and Cindy will believe it.

    Though that’s not the worst possible outcome. The worst would be if Casey changes her story and confesses to panicking after an accidental death, and begs her family to forgive her. I’m not sure I can articulate why that would be worse, but I bet Mystery will agree that would be the hardest of all on her family…

  19. itsamysterytome permalink*
    December 12, 2008 9:54 am

    Hilde-this is such a tremendous testimony to the power of God. The odds of that man going into the woods and finding her when he wasn’t even looking is just, well, powerful! All of the prayers that have been going up to Him about that child were truly answered IMO.

  20. itsamysterytome permalink*
    December 12, 2008 9:57 am

    Kari-I hope it was accidental, too–for Cindy’s sake. This will be so hard for her anyway, and to then have to process that her daughter is a murderer–I don’t know if she could survive that.

    Unfortunately, I think your worst possible scenario may be what happens–she’ll either admit to it being an accident or, if no conclusive evidence proving she did it is found, she will blame it on someone else.

  21. December 12, 2008 10:33 am

    What would be the purpose of taping Caylee’s mouth if it was an “accident”…only God knows how much that beautiful little girl suffered. Casey was filled with so much rage and anger at her family that she took it out on tiny little Calee. Death is too easy for Casey. She should have to do HARD LABOR for the rest of her days.

    The sheriff now has three carloads of evidence, including three vacuum cleaners. They ARE ON TO SOMETHING BIG. I have a feeling they will want to reinstate the death penalty. I still think the parents are lucky she didn’t get to them first.

  22. itsamysterytome permalink*
    December 12, 2008 12:27 pm

    I agree I hope she doesn’t get the death penalty, Kemper1. She needs to spend the rest of her life being reminded of what she did. I hope she never sees the light of day again.

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