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Did PI Dominic Casey know where Caylee’s body was before she was found?

January 1, 2009

Leonard Padilla says Dominic Casey knew as early as mid-November that Caylee’s remains were in a wooded area near Suburban Drive.  Caylee’s body was discovered by a meter-reader in mid-December.

“He says, ‘Yeah Dominic called me on the 15th and said you gotta get up here we found Caylee.’ Hoover tells me that he then asked Dominic ‘Is she alive?’ ‘No she’s dead,'” said Padilla. (Jim Hoover is also a PI who works with Dominic Casey)  He claims the tape shows that her body was not there in mid-November.   Hoover showed Eyewitness News a clip from the videotape and it appeared authentic.

LE now wants to know why Dominic Casey was in the area where Caylee was found and why he was videotaping  there a month before her body was discovered. He was working for the Anthonys and it raises the question as to what exactly the Anthonys knew about where Caylee’s remains were.

Before he worked for the Anthonys, D. Casey worked for the defense. Jose Baez, Casey Anthony’s attorney is trying to block LE from talking to him without someone from the defense present.  Baez is afraid he might divulge privileged information.

“They (LE) know the existence of the tape and want to look at all evidence that’s available,” Padilla said.

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watch the video here:

This is all very strange to me.  Even if Dominic Casey and Jim Hoover  were following up on Kiomarie’s tip that Casey might have buried her daughter in those woods, that would still not explain why they were videotaping the area.  Why would they think it necessary to videotape what was, essentially, nothing?

Could the real explanation be that they knew the body would be there at a later date and wanted to “prove” Casey couldn’t have been responsible since she was in jail? Surely not–they worked for the Anthonys–that would almost certainly mean the A’s, (at least 1 of them)  knew where Caylee’s body was in November. My brain just cannot wrap itself around that idea.

The other explanation would be that Dominic Casey heard or knew of a conversation between Casey Anthony and Jose Baez divulging the whereabouts of Caylee’s body. (maybe that’s  the reason Baez is having a cow that LE is going to be talking to Mr. Casey)    He may have been  looking for her body in order to collect the reward, or receive the credit for her discovery.

Then there’s the question of Leonard Padilla–how does he know all the stuff he claims to know and who in their right mind would tell him anything in confidence?  They’d have to know whatever they told him  would turn up  later on Nancy Grace.

30 Comments leave one →
  1. niecey456 permalink
    January 1, 2009 9:54 pm

    I agree and I have one more question. Why was old Leonard P. so dead set on the Little Econ River back then if he knew this???

  2. MAND permalink
    January 1, 2009 10:06 pm

    Mystery, this is what I was talking about last night..How is it that LP knows all this stuff? He says he notified the FBI in the tape,which means they would have known about this since early Dec.or whenever it was LP was informed.
    I thought at the time of the filming Casey was still with Baez and Hoover was with the A’s??
    They were together at the sight..Hoover was suppose to hand the tape over to Casey but when Casey asked for it Hoover was to have said he had taped over it so now they are together on this so what the hell happened with Hoover not wanting to hand the tape over to Casey?? Makes no sense….unless they were both doing what Baez told them to do. WHY THAT SPOT????

    Could it be KC told Baez where Caylee was?? I think if she was to talk to any one it would be Baez..they are very close,remember she spent 30hrs. a week with him when she was out on bail..and all the hugging in jail,I have never seen that sort of attorney-client relationship and bet most of you have not seen it either. Remember the Todd Black mis step, looking for a body? Baez didn’t fire him he’s still with him…was Baez afraid to let him go for fear he would talk?? Better to keep him close.

    I think Roy Kronk may have been the pawn in all of this,UN-BE-KNOWN to himself..he could have received an anonymous phone call or a note in his mail box ..whatever.. saying.. there is a suspicious bag in the woods..describe the area, and tell him to look.They could have checked to find a meter reader for the area and it just so happened to be could have been anyone..didn;t matter.Kronk called the 11th..12th and the 13th.then nothing..sorry but it is human nature to be curious and most would have looked in the bag or at least continued to call..get someone to help as he did on 12/11. The PI’s filmed on 11-15 and Kronk looked again
    12/11 and finds it this time!!!! Who benefits??? THE DEFENSE…REASONABLE DOUBT?? Does any one smell a RAT (BAEZ& CO.)

  3. MAND permalink
    January 1, 2009 10:08 pm

    Didn’t think of that Niecey.. WHY?? Could it be he was getting donations and a film crew for the event????

  4. niecey456 permalink
    January 1, 2009 10:08 pm

    Mand, you and I agree on that. I think Baez is the biggest rat of all.

  5. niecey456 permalink
    January 1, 2009 10:10 pm

    I don’t know Mand but Leonard P. was in the height of his “Little Econ” expedition on Nov. 15. Oh, and the cross on the tree. Remember that?

  6. MAND permalink
    January 1, 2009 10:15 pm

    I do remember that Niecey, and I always have been suspect of that since he was the only one that knew KC was making necklaces with those beads and he had access to them!!!

  7. itsamysterytome permalink*
    January 1, 2009 10:16 pm

    You’re right niecey! Wish Nancy Grace would ask him that question next time he’s on!!!–but I bet she doesn’t.

  8. itsamysterytome permalink*
    January 1, 2009 10:19 pm


    I would not be surprised at all if Casey told Baez the truth. Baez wants to go to court to make a name for himself and further his career–if he did know the truth, I’m thinkin’ he wouldn’t want it to come out. What he would want is to get his client off. What a feather in his cap that would be.

  9. niecey456 permalink
    January 1, 2009 10:22 pm

    She won’t Mystery. She’s way to busy making him a hero and a know it all these days. He’s starting to crawl under my skin. Casey never said much of nothing to him. He was wrong when he thought she was innocent and bailed her out. He was wrong about the Little Econ River and the cross. Now he’s making it an accident again. I don’t believe a word he says anymore.

  10. niecey456 permalink
    January 1, 2009 10:23 pm

    I think Baez is worse than Leonard P.

  11. itsamysterytome permalink*
    January 1, 2009 10:26 pm

    yeah–for a while there I was thinking LP was a good guy–he’s no better than the rest of them–trying to stretch his 15 minutes of fame to 20.

  12. niecey456 permalink
    January 1, 2009 10:32 pm

    I was too, Mystery, so don’t feel bad. I think it is past time for that cowboy to ride off in the sunset now. I can’t seem to get out of my head what Tim Miller said Leonard P. said to him when he pleaded for him to put his divers into the Little Econ. Tim told him no. Leonard pleaded with him about how much money they could make when they were standing there holding little Caylee’s skull. Tim was in tears when he said that and he refused to be a part of it. I watched Leonard P’s face that night when Tim said that and I could tell he said it.

  13. itsamysterytome permalink*
    January 1, 2009 10:36 pm

    I have to say–of all the people involved in this–it appears to me that Tim Miller is the only decent person in the lot.

  14. MAND permalink
    January 1, 2009 10:37 pm

    LP has done his share to slow this investigation..if he had not bailed her out she may have done something differently.. we will never know..he put himself in the center of this case and wants everyone to think he is the know it all guy that LE and the FBI go to for answers.

    The cross and beads I meant LP was the one in the house and had access to that stuff.

  15. itsamysterytome permalink*
    January 1, 2009 10:42 pm

    I never thought about him planting the cross himself. Interesting, Mand.

  16. MAND permalink
    January 1, 2009 10:43 pm

    I agree 100% Mystery,Tim Miller has class and he doesn’t look for the camera in his face to do his job..LP was trying to run the could see the power struggle and LP won in a way TM found it impossible to have to deal with LP and his shameless actions and on top of that THE CINDY BULL SH*t.

  17. itsamysterytome permalink*
    January 1, 2009 10:45 pm

    Yep, Tim couldn’t get out of there fast enough when he understood what was really going on. He even said he’d never dealt with anything like this before. TES is one of the few organizations I would trust enough to give money to.

  18. niecey456 permalink
    January 1, 2009 10:46 pm

    I agree with you about Tim Miller and you know he said something else that is relevant to this video business. He said that LE took him back there and showed him the spot where her remains laid and that in his professional opinion (and he does this all of the time), that Caylee had been there all along, because there was no grass growing where she laid and the leaves were brown and there was an indentation in the earth where she laid. He said that spot had not been searched and the underbrush was covering over where she laid. Meaning it grew around her. I think he will be called to testify.
    Mand I agree with you about LP.

  19. niecey456 permalink
    January 1, 2009 10:48 pm

    Tim is a very blessed man IMO. I think God will continue to bless him richly. He showed my he is not only a professional, but he has a Godly heart.

  20. niecey456 permalink
    January 1, 2009 10:51 pm

    I mean you can tell God is in his heart. He is definitely a christian man.

  21. MAND permalink
    January 1, 2009 11:03 pm

    That he is Niecey, he know what it is like to lose a child and dedicated his life to help others
    LP and the A’s caused him a lot of heart ache, there were people on these sites that called him a drunk and accused him of terrible things,they attacked this man who was trying to help..I for one was glad when he left, I felt so bad for him.. it was as tho they were going all out to ruin his reputation.

  22. topcat08 permalink
    January 1, 2009 11:04 pm

    How about this? If they knew she was out there and they went down there several times and got some video of someone else in the area. They could show that someone else was there and maybe create reasonable doubt!

  23. niecey456 permalink
    January 1, 2009 11:05 pm

    I agree Mand and it was not right.

  24. niecey456 permalink
    January 1, 2009 11:18 pm

    You know Top Cat, I think they have already incriminated themselves too much for that to wash with a jury, but I’ll bet they might try it.

  25. topcat08 permalink
    January 1, 2009 11:29 pm

    I think they will be pulling out all stops to try and help Casey. There is no plea bargain left since they already have Caylee

  26. niecey456 permalink
    January 1, 2009 11:32 pm

    They will, but Baez is a Bozo and the “dream team” is washed up. Casey is going down and a someone else could go with her.

  27. Molly permalink
    January 2, 2009 1:54 am

    It was stated that this video & pictures are not of the exact site where Caylee’s remains were found. Close enough to cause a stir, but with that dense area it’s been said you would have to be a few feet away in order to spot that bag. These guys just went there to film? They didn’t even take a peek into those woods to see if anything was there! Something is not right about this whole thing.
    And do not underestimate Leonard Padilla. He has friends, associates & contacts all throughout LE, the legal and investigative communities. He knows lots more & I can’t wait to hear it. He also never leaks out those little bombshells until after he contacts LE or the FBI with it & they have investigated it and he hears back from them. And don’t think Baez doesn’t want to know what he’s divulged to LE (as they wanted LP to bring the PI Casey into his confidence), Tracy from LP’s secured team lived with Casey for 10 days. Upon Casey’s rearrest, Tracy got herself a lawyer because she was so upset about what she had heard & events in the house that she didn’t know legally & properly what to do with this information. One can only imagine…

  28. Kari permalink
    January 2, 2009 4:45 am

    I see Leonard Padilla as a good ol’ boy, I think his heart is in the right place. I think he’s just not opposed to using the situation for his own benefit. I’ll believe that conversation between him and Tim Miller took place, and maybe just exactly the way Tim told it.

    Tim Miller’s vocation is finding missing children, and he is called to that vocation for very personal, emotional reasons. Leonard Padilla’s job is Bounty Hunter, and I think he is attracted to that line of work principally for the glory of it. He gets to be a hero in his own mind, catching up with the bad guys, etc… He may care sincerely about Caylee, but still want to bask in some reflected glory, salvage some of what he invested in this case.

    I’m not saying I approve, I’m just saying I don’t think he’s evil, I just think he’s all too human. He’s no saint such as Tim Miller seems to be…

  29. January 2, 2009 10:09 am

    According to Dr. Perfer they can determine the time of death with fair certainty, so these videos will not help Casey.

  30. Molly permalink
    January 2, 2009 12:32 pm

    LP is the only one in this whole drama that actually admits that he likes the camera. That does not change his dedication & knowledge of this case.
    Whatever conversation that took place between LP & Tim Miller should have stayed that way. I think something was misinterpreted here. The fact that TM got on tv and slammed him was not very saintly at all. Hey, I admire TM for what he does & think it’s great, & LP was one of his biggest supporters & a mouthpiece for drumming up donations for Tim’s org.. Tim & LP are two very different people with different approaches, but both of their hearts are in the right place. They both wanted to find Caylee, even when the Ant’s didn’t.

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