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Deputy was scared by a snake when following up on tip from meter reader in Caylee case

December 19, 2008

A co-worker of the meter reader said the deputy who checked on the man’s first tips — made in August — was scared off by a large snake.

His first  tip to Crimeline on Aug. 11, said he spotted a bag partially submerged on the side of Suburban Drive, near the area where human bones were found.

“The deputy responds out to the scene, takes a look at the area, monitors the area, surveils the area to see what’s available here for them to find. (The deputy) does not find anything, and then cleared the call,” Orange County sheriff’s Capt. Angelo Nieves said.

The meter reader called in the same tip on Aug. 12. A detective received the information but didn’t respond because,”They had information at that time that a detective was handling it, that the area had been searched — which the area had been searched previously by cadaver dogs we understand — but exactly what area we are still trying to determine,” Nieves said.

He called in the same tip for a third time on Aug. 13, and an Orange County sheriff’s deputy went to the wooded area to search for the bag but encountered a large snake and turned back. He cleared the scene a short time later, according to the co-worker.”That’s where we’re trying to determine the thoroughness of the follow-up,” Nieves said.

The worker came back to the woods on Dec. 11 — four months after placing his first tip — and discovered the bag. He picked it up, and a child’s skull rolled out. The worker called his dispatcher and his boss called 911.

The meter reader has been pulled from his job so he can avoid publicity, and is not considered a suspect in the case, Nieves said.

“This is a perfect example of why the public and media should not be prejudging the case,” said Todd Black, a spokesman for Casey Anthony’s attorney, Jose Baez. “I would imagine the meter reader should get an attorney before the sheriff’s office accuses him of a crime.”

CNN show host Nancy Grace, has  said the new information could lead to doubt in the minds of jurors if the case goes to trial.”The remains were not there earlier when the area was cleared apparently by police and cadaver dogs, and therefore, the remains were put there while tot mom, Casey Anthony, was behind bars, ruling her out–That is an obvious argument,” NG told local6 news.

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Well, IMO, it could have happened just like that and this is all a big coincidence.  I feel sure LE is checking this guy out as well as talking to the deputy involved. My guess would be the deputy just flat didn’t go back after encountering the snake, and he’s covering himself. If that’s true,  he needs to fess up.  I wonder if it really was searched with cadavar dogs?  I’d like to see some proof about that and also where they looked.  I also wonder if they looked in the correct area the first times.  It looks pretty overgrown from the pictures.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. deb permalink
    December 19, 2008 11:48 am

    I was a resever police officer for several years, I went through training in certain areas to be certified, one of those i was certified in was weapon training. Why did this deputy not shoot the snake ? I hate snakes , i would have unloaded on that thing !! I do hope this matter is cleared up and soon. Mystery they mentioned the bag being gray in another interview. I thought he found this one containing the remains in a black bag. I still believe even tho’ the defense will have a field day with this information, i’m still confident in the prosecution’s case. I do not believe that this in anyway will change the damning evidence in this case. I am now wondering if Casey did have an accomplice ? If she did tho’ Who is it ?

  2. deb permalink
    December 19, 2008 11:48 am

    reserver = reserve

  3. MAND permalink
    December 19, 2008 12:12 pm

    Mystery, the meter reader is to read a statement at 3:30pm

    You’re right Deb, why wouldn’t he shoot it?

    If the meter reader needs an attorney, I hope the HELL IT’S NOT BAEZ!!!! Sounds like Black is hiinting.

    The defense is going to have a field day with this

  4. gramdma of 16 permalink
    December 19, 2008 12:20 pm

    What kind of a snake was it? It must have been a pretty dangerous one. Seems he would want to shoot a killer snake to protect the kids that walk by that area. I think he needs to be fired or something for not acting like a man and doing his job, especially when he knew how important the bag could be. I hope they put Casey on the stand, not a chance, because she can not keep her story straight. I would bet the bag contains Caylee, but even if it was not, Casey is quilty of murder. This whole case is bizarre.

  5. itsamysterytome permalink*
    December 19, 2008 12:24 pm

    Fox News is saying the podium where the news conference will be has a picture of Caylee on it. The reporter said he’s never seen a conference with the photo of the possible victim displayed.

    Also just announced the medical examiner will be at the news conference.

    It will be interesting to hear what the meter reader has to say. Hopefully he can satisfactorily clear this all up.

  6. mikka permalink
    December 19, 2008 12:48 pm


  7. mikka permalink
    December 19, 2008 12:51 pm

    itsamysterytome,i think she take the picture there because all amerika is involved in this.there is no doubt in my mind its caylee

  8. mikka permalink
    December 19, 2008 12:52 pm

    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ help iam scared a snake,wait i must call the cops.

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