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Meter reader will not receive a reward if the child’s body turns out to be Caylee

December 15, 2008

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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9 Comments leave one →
  1. nina permalink
    December 15, 2008 10:33 pm

    I know I would of been upset myself if I had found it.Not a sight any one would want to stumble across.That’s nice of LP to write him a check if it was Caylee’s remains.The meter man was brought there for a reason and I think the God himself had a hand it in..Not sure the meter man would even expect any money for what he found.He most likely can’t put it out of his mind and I can’t say I blame him.Nothing you could ever forget.

  2. topcat08 permalink
    December 15, 2008 11:23 pm

    That is the biggest bunch of crap I ever heard in my life. That city spends more than that on a DNA test!! They spent more than that doing the search of the Anthony’s home. LP has done a few things I don’t agree with but, I think he has done a lot of thing that were good. This is one of those thing.

  3. itsamysterytome permalink*
    December 15, 2008 11:31 pm

    I agree that Leonard Padilla has done some good things and this is one. I also would imagine a reward is the last thing the meter reader would be thinking about.

  4. December 16, 2008 3:21 am

    I Agree fully with Topcat 08, what a piece of crap to stand on such a ridiculous technicality as this one to not give this meter man the reward. SHOULD I BE SHOCKED? NOPE, NOTHING SHOCKS ME ANYMORE. Bless Leonard Padilla as he is seeing this poor man gets a reward. Those snake Anthony’s should pay this poor meter guy a huge reward for finding their grandbaby, as if not for them they would not have her back for closure. I Vote make the A’s cough up half a mil for the meter guy , to cover if nothing else the horror he is living through from finding what their sinsiter daughter left to be found. THE A’S SHOULD BE ABLE TO COME UP WITH THIS AMOUNT IN NO TIME. AFTERALL THEY ARE ON EVERY TALK SHOW THERE IS. SO COUGH IT UP ANTHONY’S .

  5. December 16, 2008 3:25 am

    MYSTERY, YOUR RIGHT, it is obvious the meter reader is not looking or wanting a reward. He is no media hound either but he deserves one. I Truly believe he was used as one of God’s vessel’s that day to find Caylee and he is a good man, as i know God would only choose a good hearted soul to use as his vessel for such an important find as his beloved child Caylee. when we say God works in mysterious ways, it is so true~~ justice for caylee has begun~~

  6. itsamysterytome permalink*
    December 16, 2008 6:31 am

    I think he was definitely an instrument of God that day, Knight Owl. Now question about it, and God will help him deal with what he saw. Finding that baby was divine intervention pure and simple.

  7. December 16, 2008 10:28 am

    I can not understand why the meter reader will not get a reward. It took months to find this beautiful little girl and he will not get anything.

  8. MAND permalink
    December 18, 2008 5:44 am

    Now they say the meter reader can not collect any monies,no rewards, nothing because he is a county employee. So he can not accept LP’s reward.

    This is wrong, he happened on the body he was not out searching on company time. Now that it is known should this ever happen again I bet next time they wait till they are off the job then tell someone and take it from there. What a dumb rule.

  9. itsamysterytome permalink*
    December 18, 2008 7:00 am

    I think that’s a crappy rule, too. He could have easily walked away from that trashbag. He deserves the rewared.

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