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Utility worker that possibly discovered Caylee called in 3 previous tips

December 18, 2008


The sheriff’s office said Thursday that the meter reader had been to the scene before and had called police about the area in August. Now there are suddenly a lot more questions than answers in the case against Casey.

Investigators interviewed the meter reader at length about what he knows, but he is not considered a suspect in any way.”He is not a suspect in this case,” Nieves said early Thursday evening. “He is a credible witness and we consider him so at the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.”The sheriff’s office said he had called in tips about the exact same area to Crimeline and the sheriff’s office three times in August, two weeks before Tropical Storm Fay hit and flooded much of Central Florida, including the area where the remains were found last week.

The sheriff’s office said it is focusing on its own deputy who came out on August 13, the third day the county meter reader had called about seeing something in the area. The sheriff’s office said the meter reader is not under suspicion and is calling him a concerned citizen.It’s unknown what the area looked like on August 11, the first day the meter reader called that he had seen something in the area and it’s not clear exactly what he had seen at that time.

The sheriff’s office is investigating the deputy who came out and cleared the scene on the 13th of August. They aren’t releasing the name of that deputy, but the officer is under administrative investigation.Sheriff’s Captain Angelo Nieves said the meter reader called Crimeline and the sheriff’s communications center in August and came back last week because he had a nagging feeling that it was the place to look.  “He called on the 11th, the 12th and the 13th,” Nieves said. “Currently, we are following up on that sequence. “One source close to the case does not believe it’s a huge setback, because of the confidence in the evidence that’s been found. Obviously, though, the sooner you find evidence the better and it must be disheartening to everyone who has worked so many longer hours, at taxpayers’ expense, to try to find the remains.


Today it was discovered the utility worker who discovered a child’s remains near Caylee Anthony’s grandparents home last week phoned in 3 tips about the same area to authorities in August!

Orange County sheriff’s Capt. Angelo Nieves said the utility worker, who was reading water meters when he made the discovery, phoned in the tips on consecutive days — Aug. 11, 12 and 13 — saying he saw a bag on the side of the road. The area the worker was referring to is the same area where he later found the skull.

A sheriff’s deputy responded to the area after one of the tips but cleared the scene after a brief visit in which the bag was apparently not located. Nieves said the sheriff’s office is investigating the deputy’s response.The meter reader is not considered a suspect in the case, Nieves said.

So what does all this mean?  Who is this guy?  The police are investigating and are saying he is a credible witness according to Fox news. “We still believe it’s credible. Despite the erroneous info from earlier without a doubt,  he is not a suspect and a credible witness.” said Detective Nieves. Nieves said the area was searched on August 13, but doesn’t know yet how thoroughly.

He asked they check this area and now stumbles on this bag in the woods?  That’s just beyond  coincidence under normal circumstances.  Was he just checking out his own tip?  Was this really just a coincidence?  Is this man somehow involved?–according to police apparently not.  I just hope police can provide some convincing proof cuz can you imagine how Bozo and the gang will spin it? And I must say I wouldn’t blame them at this point.

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31 Comments leave one →
  1. nina permalink
    December 18, 2008 5:14 pm

    WOW this is really unbelievable.LE said that they did send an officer out there when the tip came in 4 months ago.If they sent and officer out there that day then a report would of been made.Hopefully they have that as proof..Now thats really an incredible coincidence…I can imagine Baez and his team are spinning this…

  2. itsamysterytome permalink*
    December 18, 2008 5:22 pm

    can this case get any crazier?????

  3. punkinpie permalink
    December 18, 2008 5:28 pm

    I am wondering if Anthony Rusciano is the deputy that went out and looked when it was called in to the sheriff’s office in August. He wasn’t released from duty until the end of August. Food for though

  4. nina permalink
    December 18, 2008 5:29 pm

    Mystery:I really think its even going to get crazier before its over with.Its so sick and twisted that it is almost to the point you have to ask your self ,did this really all even happen.Of course we know it has just seems like some thing in a Steven King Novel.It all had got alittle creepy.

  5. itsamysterytome permalink*
    December 18, 2008 5:45 pm

    I added an update to this post–It clarifies a little more why the police believe he is a credible witness.

  6. pak31 permalink
    December 18, 2008 6:07 pm

    What the heck? I am away from my computer for an hour or so and come back on to find this. It seems like things peak for the good, then get shot back down again. I think things are still a bit vague, I will be interested to see what they say tomorrow.

  7. December 18, 2008 6:17 pm

    punkinpie, I agree with you. I wondered the same thing since they do not have a paper trail. Casey worked her magic again on yet another male

  8. ruffroc permalink
    December 18, 2008 6:37 pm

    OMG! Just when I thought the scales of justice were leaning toward good, the evil rears it’s ugly head for the defense.

    I can see it now…the utility worker is the killer. He broke into the Anthony home, researched neck breaking and chloroform. He took the duct tape, and Casey is innocent. He is the boyfriend of the nanny perhaps – lol!

    The defense is hell bent on trying to accuse the police of fudging the crime scene,and now this! Not a good day for something that is most likely coincidence.

    The only way that defense will have to shut up is when Casey’s finger prints are found all over the duct tape…oh but I forgot the tape was planted in her car by her friend. All I want is for the investigators to release the fact we all know to be true…the body is Caylee, and the evidence at the crime scene, combined with all other evidence will prove beyond the shadow of a doubt the killer is Casey Anthony.

  9. Crystal permalink
    December 18, 2008 6:42 pm

    punkinpie: that’s the 1st thing I thought of too.

  10. Robyn permalink
    December 18, 2008 6:51 pm

    Am I the only one who thinks that maybe the meter reader was doing his job in the area? What if he was in the area reading the meters, on August 11th sees the bag and knowing of the case calls it in? Then follows up on the 12th and 13th after no one comes out. Then the police come out look at the bag and find nothing. Then on December 11th he goes into the area again and finds the remains. They have been reporting that the area was under water up until two or three weeks ago.

  11. Carole Clarke permalink
    December 18, 2008 6:52 pm

    If the meter reader found something credible the first time, why didn’t he call 911 direct and wait for the authorities to show up? A tipline is to help follow up information leads, not physical evidence. And that poor child lay out there in the weather all these months for what reason? Why didn’t the Sheriff’s office notify the FBI the first time? If they don’t have the forensic training, the FBI does. Everyone in charge starting with the Sheriff should be fired for mishandling this case.

  12. itsamysterytome permalink*
    December 18, 2008 7:00 pm


    I think you probably nailed it. The guy spotted the bag in Aug. The deputy came out and didn’t find it. The guy forgets about it and on Dec 11th–he’s in the area again and stumbles onto the remains.

  13. WiswOldOwl permalink
    December 18, 2008 7:11 pm

    Can this get anymore bizarre than it is already? The workers’ name is supposedly Gonzalies-lives on the same street as the Anthonys’ There is also a Zenaida that lives on the same street. Coincidence is strange sometimes. Then we have Casey’s friend, Amy who had mentioned Casey give back her roll of duct tape that was in her(Amys’) purse in an email of all things. What on earth is going on here? This whole thing smells and I think every single one of these people including the department needs to be investigated. Sure would be strange if it was her ex boyfriend who went out on that call and then was releived of duty. A terrible injustice has been doen, from the missing toddler, her mother, grandparents, this is a shicking shame beyond all shame.

  14. Florida Refugee permalink
    December 18, 2008 7:25 pm

    Once again, people are GUILTY until proved INNOCENT. Where I now live at least a dozen spouses have been convicted. It is nonsense with circumstantial evidence. And the media creeps drone on and on about people they pick out as guilty.

    Now as to this case, GET REAL, folks. It is not only in FLORI–Duh, but it’s in Orlando, the sleaze and crime capital of the country. Forget about the Disneyfied image. It is NOT.

    I looked on my former street in chi-chi Winter Park. It is now surrounded by convicts and felons and criminals. I am glad to be out of that state.

    So what is it you don’t understand?? A meter reader? Come on.
    He is probably an illegal immigrant or a crook.

    The police are sloppy and not the greatest. I left the state because I was scared to live there with so much corruption.

    People move to Florida to escape from something, so there you go. White trash central!!

  15. Elizabeth permalink
    December 18, 2008 7:42 pm

    So why didn’t the great Padilla and Tim Miller
    get on out there and rake that area over????? This
    is very very suspicious on all shoulders. You would
    think that at least any call which came in on sighting
    somethind, knowing this child was missing would have
    been pounced on immediately. They all need to explain!!
    Cops, and all the other hunters. There was no water in
    August at that time. Something REALLY smells here!
    And the gtrandparents? They must have known that there
    had been a report. Wouldn’t they have put on their
    walking shoes and prodding sticks and searched that
    area themselves? If for no other reason, to prove
    that Caylee was NOT there! You know, you all have
    tortured this child with your lack of careing.

  16. REBECCA permalink
    December 18, 2008 8:01 pm


  17. Graham permalink
    December 18, 2008 8:16 pm

    Something is wrong here…. When the story broke about the worker finding the
    body it seemed very odd! Why would he go so far in to pee. If a guy needs to
    pee he goes behind tree not, 40 yards into a wooded area.
    Also the hurricane was not until later in August so there should have been
    no water there.
    I was watching Nancy Grace and I can’t understand why she will NOT ask questions
    about the police actions on the calls in august, she just glossed over it, as if no big deal
    but it’s important that she tells us that Casey wants a hersey bar and a deck of cards?

  18. Elizabeth permalink
    December 18, 2008 8:58 pm

    Nancy Grace uses all horrible happenings to get hipe for herself.
    She is the rudest most self-idoolist on TV. her empathy is as
    fake as my wig. She really believes there is no one like HER!
    How unbelieveable that guests even come on her show. She asks
    a question and the only time she sllows any one of the to speak
    is when they express YES NANCY, YES, NANCY! This woman will
    not allow her public to hear some another guests opinion without
    going into a tyrade. Someone should just bash her verbally like
    she does others. YOU are not a GOD Nancy, If you care about
    YOUR twins it seems very odd that you exploit them so publicly
    opening up avenues of info that they may also be abducted or
    harmed in some other way. What the hell is wrong with you lady?

  19. Deb permalink
    December 18, 2008 10:07 pm

    Hello? Really? This meter reader called in a suspicious trash bag in the area three times? And he’s not a suspect? Really?

  20. Deb permalink
    December 18, 2008 10:13 pm

    so this guy called in the tip three tmes before? Then, many months after the police fine nothing he just happens to have to go pee in the wood exactly where he led the police to before and nobody is questioning this?

  21. itsamysterytome permalink*
    December 18, 2008 10:15 pm

    Let’s hope LE can clarify that!

  22. MAND permalink
    December 18, 2008 10:17 pm

    Why would this guy call 3 times and then forget about it till now 4 months later? Doesn’t that seem odd? I would think he would have kept asking or better yet I would have got someone from work to go with me have a camera and find the bag and open it and take it to the station myself.
    It’s not like this case has ever gone cold it has been front page all along and in that area almost 24-7,so why would he not continue what he started???

    Something stinks in Denmark??? Just what remains to be seen.

    Has anyone heard if the deputy was KC’s old flame, now ,that would be very interesting!!

    The FBI should take over this case,these guys are beginning to resemble Keystone Cops.

  23. ruffroc permalink
    December 19, 2008 12:15 am

    Another thought, given we are on the topic of Caseys ex the cop. We should also consider the childhood friend who sold her story to the Enquirer.

    She told the police to look in that area and how her and Casey used to go there in Elementary School, bury the hampsters etc. There was also talk of her wanting to adopt Caylee and in honor of her Caylee was given the middle name Marie.

    Is there a small possibility that she was somehow an accomplice? Maybe Casey confided in her that she had accidentally killed Caylee and where she put the body? Could she be the one who tipped the meter reader off?

    Just some thoughts.

  24. Fred permalink
    December 19, 2008 1:04 am

    Its sounds fishy how they are not looking into the guy who found the bag. They are so focuse on the mom they don’t want to look at another person. Because to me its strange how this guy knows where to look and the police didn’t. Plus he new the right bag to look in. He tiped ploice about this months ago and its strange he waited so long before he look himself. Seem to me when the police did’t look he would have look sooner. This look like he had somehting to hide. I belive he had Caylee the whole time and just kill her when no one was looking to him as a suspect. Because all this time with everyone looking no one found nothing but after months went by he did. This case sounds funny to me. I bet if you look around his place you would find duck tape. He’s a utility worker wouldn’t he have duck tape.

  25. MayBF8 permalink
    December 19, 2008 1:42 am

    This is CRAZY!! If a meter reader found a trash bag, he would NOT call the police…..unless he looked in it OR knew what was in it. RIGHT? But this meter reader called 3 days in a row, and when the cops DID show up, the trash bag was gone…..IF you believe the cops, which I do not. And the meter reader HAD TO KNOW Caylee was in the trash bag, or he wouldn’t have called the cops. Then he lets her lay out there all this time, letting animals get to her & ripping the bag open, & then calls AGAIN and says he found a skull…..This man is a LIAR. Poor Caylee. She has a crazy mother who wouldn’t know the truth if it hit her in the face & now this. I wonder if we will EVER know what really happened to this baby?

  26. December 19, 2008 2:00 am

    Ihope SOMEONE in LE has the guts to check out the meter reader. He may have a crush on Casey..ALOT of men do. They know she’s very sexual, and might have some kind of “save her mentality.” You can’t go by hy his nice demenor….CHECK HIS -SS OUT!
    CHECK HIS CELL PHONES, COMPUTER, REGULAR PHONE, TELEPHONE BILLS ETC…whatever it takes! Why didn’t he take LE directly to the bag…made SURE they looked at it. If not, why didn’t he call the FBI?? AND WAIT THERE AND MAKE SURE THAT THEY SAW THE EVIDENCE. Don’t judge a book by it’s cover…Ted Bundy looked impressive, and was very good looking. I truly believe that someone (inside is planting evidence, and I pray to God they track him/her down. Alot of people aare desperate to see Casey freed. Casey had a deep hatred for little Calee…never wanted her. Calee got all the attention, love, money and time from Cindy and G….CASEY HATED HER FOR THAT. sHE IS A SADISTIC, COLD BLOODIED MURDERER.She should never live outside jail. I just hope some of the stupid mistakes that have been made recently will be delt with in positive way…and get the trial moving. IDENTIFY CALEE’S REMAINS. tHEY HAVE HAD MORE THAN ENOUGH TIME TO DO THAT WITH AS MUCH MANPOWER AS THEY HAVE. THEY ARE “WAITING” FOR SOME REASON…THEY KNOW IT’S LITTLE CALEE. GET MOVING!

  27. Elizabeth permalink
    December 19, 2008 2:02 am

    You people are right on, this meter reader called in and reported
    seeing a trash bag 3 times earlier, knowing Caylee was missing, knowing
    the cop that went out said he saw nothing whouldn’t any innocent citizen
    want to go back out there and find the trash bag he first reported and
    see what was in it at that time. Like you said, to wait months and
    then just happen to see a trash bag again in the same place and say
    he picked up and found remains, and not have done that in the first
    findings KNOWING THIS BABY WAS MISSING, you gotta believe it there
    is absolute nothing but ALL WRONG HERE! THE FBE MOST CERTAIANLY
    SHOULD BE IN. What do the cope know about this meter reader that
    confirms him a crediable witness, etc. Yeah, who was the officer
    who was SUPPOSED to have checked out the reports in the first place.
    The way it is reported that Casey was with so many men, obviously
    someone of them knows something. Sure looks likd someone is being
    covered up for. And as far as the Anthony family being in harm
    if Casey talks they can easily be put into protective custody while
    she identifys and talks some truth, Well can’t they?

  28. MAND permalink
    December 19, 2008 2:29 am

    Ruffroc,some interesting thoughts! I would be curious to know if Kio knows the Meter man?

    I heard on one of the shows, that when he first called in, in Aug.he described the bag as being gray in color, in the Dec. call and now ,the bag it’s self is black. Could he have just made a mistake in Aug. and said gray and meant black?

    I’m sure that LE is checking him out real good because they are going to have to answer for this blunder.They would not want the meter man to know they are investigating him,they don’t want him to disappear which could happen if he thought he was a suspect.

    If we have all these questions,LE has to have some of their own,and I think the FBI is watching a little closer after this fiasco.!!!

  29. Liz permalink
    December 19, 2008 3:22 am

    Very stange indeed. I have no doubt that Casey is in some way responsible for caylee’s murder, but I think that maybe her deputy boy friend was in someway involved too. If the Deputy that went to the site in August was him, he might have reported he did’nt see anything to protect Casey and maybe himself. If it was not him that went to the site, maybe it was a deputy friend of his who was trying to protect his friend.
    Maybe the meter reader did see a bag on the side of the road in August, but when he reported it casey’s deputy BF alerted casey and she or maybe the deputy moved it. But I can’t help thinking that the meter reader knows something…because it was reported that he called a second time to look at the area, how would he know what happened to the bag? Apparently the police did not go out to the site because the deputy reported that the area was clear the previous day. The meter reader called the third time and that time a deputy met him at the site and what transpired on that day is not clear.
    I just think it’s really interesting that the meter reader went out there again the very next morning after the Anthony’s appeared on the Larry King Show in Dec. saying that they believed that Caylee was alive because there was a sighting of her in California among other places.
    This time he called 911 to report finding a skull “in the Caylee Anthony area” HMMM

  30. MAND permalink
    December 19, 2008 11:53 am

    I don’t think the deputy helped her, if it was the same guy it might be he didn’t want to take the chance it had anything to do with the Anthony case,he had already lied about knowing her so he wouldn’t want all the publicity finding the body would bring.

    It’s the meter man that puzzles me, none of his story makes sense to me. It’s just not normal human reaction, to call 3days in a row then not a word for 4 months,just not right.

  31. Elizabeth permalink
    December 20, 2008 3:08 pm

    May God guide and comfort all who love Caylee Marie Anthony.
    Little Caylee’s spirit will br around us all.
    I wlll keep her beautiful little face among my own grandchildren
    and love her as one of them. For all children who suffer harm, pray!
    Yahshua asks we look to Him for truth, He knows!
    Our faith in Him will, without a doubt, expose this act of
    evil which left this child, as if she were a peice of garbage.

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