Meter reader will not receive a reward if the child’s body turns out to be Caylee
The meter reader who found the remains of the child thought to be Caylee Anthony will not be getting a reward. He has been deemed ineligible to collect the $5000 Crimeline reward because he called 911. “You have to initiate a tip with Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS,” explained Detective Barb Bergin, Crimeline. “We don’t have enough money to pay rewards to everyone who calls 911 first.” Bergin said there are no exceptions to that rule.
Leonard Padilla offered a $50,000 reward for Caylee’s body, but withdrew it after people complained that people were tearing property up looking for her remains. “I don’t want to get sued,” Padilla said. He thinks the meter reader deserves some kind of reward and will be writing him a check if the body turns out to be Caylee. “It’s going to be a figure between five and ten grand involved easily,” he said. “Nobody looks at bags out here in these palmettos, they just walk by it. This guy had the foresight to go over and do it.”
The meter reader has been so upset by what he found that his bosses have given him some time off. He hasn’t wanted to talk to the media at all.
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