'Trail Of Bones' Found Near Anthony Home
Bones Found Near Location Where Skull Was Found
POSTED: 6:08 am EST December 15, 2008
UPDATED: 4:13 pm EST December 15, 2008
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Authorities are working to identify a child's remains on Monday that were found in a wooded area near the home of Caylee Anthony last week.
Crime scene investigators returned to the location Monday morning to follow a small trail of bones uncovered over the weekend. They hauled out huge tree parts from the area.
"They have found other items. Of course, we can't be specific as to what they've found. It's still an active scene. Probably going to be there a couple more days. We're not going to discuss as to what they've found but they have found other evidence. We just can't be specific about it," Orange County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Carlos Padilla said.
Sifting through all the debris is tedious work but experts including Orange County Medical Examiner Dr. G. will stay as long as needed.
"The fact that he actually saw it was remarkable in itself. The fact that he acted upon that it appeared suspicious to him. They said it would been difficult at all to miss that bag because of the heavy undergrowth and everything that was down there," Padilla said.
Sources suspect the body was likely submerged for an unknown period of time and some of the remains may have floated out of the bag or were scattered by animals.
Meanwhile, George and Cindy Anthony were allowed to return to their family home on Hope Spring Drive near the crime scene.
The family has hired a new attorney and spokesman, Brad Conway, and he said George and Cindy Anthony have nothing to hide and will work with law enforcement.
"They've cooperated. They've done everything they can and understand this is their daughter, and imagine your daughter, your only daughter, being charged with first-degree murder of your only grandchild," Conway said.
During a press conference on Monday afternoon, Conway said the Anthonys are not grieving because the don't know who the remains belong to.
Conway said that if the bones are Caylee's, once the medical examiner is finished, the bones will be released to the Anthonys for proper burial.
He also spoke about neighbors of the Anthonys selling false stories to the media. If false stories are sold he said will be looking into pursuing some sort of legal action, but right now the Anthony's are looking for some privacy.
Conway confirmed George and Cindy Anthony have give new fingerprints and DNA samples to the FBI, but that is only to exclude them as potential suspects and nothing else, Conway stressed.
Conway said George and Cindy Anthony only want to help determine if the child is Caylee and who may have killed her.
Since Thursday, a small cross left near the crime scene has grown into a huge memorial to Caylee Anthony, containing flowers and many stuffed animals.
"I've just been waiting for closure. I wanted her found alive. If this is what we got, you have to respect her. You have to respect the little child. It's just cruel," resident Wilma Sipes said.
'Trail Of Bones' Found Near Anthony Home - Orlando News Story - WESH Orlando
Attorneys Return To Court In Anthony Case
Hearing Slated For 2 P.M.
POSTED: 6:37 am EST December 16, 2008
UPDATED: 11:50 am EST December 16, 2008
ORLANDO, Fla. -- An emergency hearing is slated this afternoon in the case against Casey Anthony.
Judge Stan Strickland will address three motions filed by Anthony's attorney, Jose Baez.
The motions will ask that the Orange County Sheriff's Office turn over photographs, video recordings and drawings taken at the crime scene where a child's remains were found on Thursday. The location is very near the Anthony home.
A second motion asks that the defense be allowed to conduct a second autopsy on the remains, and the final motion seeks to preserve forensic evidence and appoint a forensic expert for the court.
WESH.com will offer a livestream of the hearing at 2 p.m.
Meanwhile, investigators continued to work to identify the remains of the child found last week.
For the first time, Caylee's grandparents, George and Cindy Anthony, said they believe the toddler has died.
The crime scene was quiet early Tuesday morning, but investigators were expected to return for a sixth day to search for clues that could lead them to a killer.
The FBI has taken DNA samples and fingerprints from George, Cindy and Lee Anthony. Family attorney Brad Conway said that's to exclude them from investigation.
Conway said the Anthonys continue to support their daughter.
"Everybody wants to make sure that there are no mistakes made. Everybody wants to make sure that the person responsible for this crime is held responsible for it, and if that happens to be Casey (Anthony), a jury of her peers will have to make that decision," Conway said.
A memorial to Caylee continued to grow on Tuesday. What started as a single cross with flowers attached to it now includes flowers, Teddy bears, balloons and other stuffed animals.
Attorneys Return To Court In Anthony Case - Orlando News Story - WESH Orlando
So much for Baez wanting to wait til the body was positively identified. Perhaps Casey has told him it is, indeed, the daughter she murdered.
Anyone else see the footage of Casey's brother, Lee, taking down all of the memorial stuff that was left for Caylee?
Judge denies Caylee's mother access to evidence
Attorneys for the mother accused of killing Caylee Anthony will not have access to a site where investigators believe they have found the missing toddler's remains, a judge ruled Tuesday.
The judge called the latest defense motions -- which asked for a second autopsy and access to crime scene photos, video and sketches from the site -- "pure folly."
"I can't assist you in interfering with a murder investigation," 9th Circuit Judge Stan Strickland told defense attorneys for Casey Anthony.
Anthony, 22, faces charges including first-degree murder in the June disappearance of her daughter Caylee, who was 2 at the time. Remains described as being those of a small child were found last week a half-mile from Casey Anthony's parents' home.
Some of the remains have been sent to the FBI lab in Quantico, Virginia, in an effort to identify them. Authorities have said the remains are believed to be Caylee's, but a positive identification is pending.
This week's motions came after Anthony's attorneys were denied their request last week to observe the autopsy on the remains and conduct their own forensic tests. A judge said the motion was premature because the body had not yet been identified.
Because the judge wouldn't allow the defense team to get their own hands on evidence dug up from the site, lawyers asked this week if they could appoint someone else to oversee the examination of the remains.
Strickland shot down the request, saying Anthony's defense team had no right to interfere with an ongoing investigation.
Judge denies Caylee's mother access to evidence - CNN.com
Why does the defense team feel such a need to see the remains?
NANCY GRACE NEEDS TO FOCUS ON OTHER MURDERS, she's ridiculous
Grancy seemed pretty upset talking about it all, especially when she found out that the tape was wrapped all the way around the head, instead of just over the mouth, and that there was still flesh underneath it.
1. They're going to try to use any problems that could arise with how crime scene evidence was handled as a technicality to have a possible conviction overturned and also
2. CA does not have a single idea of what's going on/what evidence the state has. Therefore she cannot add more lies to her original story to complement whatever evidence has been found and the defense can't help her build a story off of it.
It's perfect, if you ask me.
I think the judge is not fucking around and that's a good thing.
Plus, once again... the body hasn't even been IDed. So maybe the defense knows it's her cause why else would they be scrambling like this?
Also I saw that Casey was able to appear in court yesterday and opted not to.
Oh poor baby. It must be so difficult for her. Sarcasm.
Man who found skull in Caylee case sent police tips months ago - CNN.com
Man who found skull in Caylee case sent police tips months ago
ORLANDO, Florida (CNN) -- The meter reader who led authorities last week to remains believed to be those of Caylee Anthony called police four months ago, directing them three times to same site, authorities said Thursday.
At a news conference, Capt. Angelo Nieves, an Orange County Sheriff's Department commander, said investigators are looking into whether the tips, called in August 11, 12 and 13, were properly followed up.
In one of those phone calls, the meter reader reported seeing a gray bag on the side of the road, Nieves said. On August 13, a deputy responded to the site and did a "cursory search" but found nothing, Nieves said.
Casey Anthony, 22, faces charges including first-degree murder in the June disappearance of her daughter, Caylee, who was 2 at the time. Remains described as being those of a small child were found last week a half-mile from Casey Anthony's parents' home, in the area where the meter reader first directed police.
Nieves said police were getting more information from the tipster and the deputy who responded to the tips. He said the department was investigating the "thoroughness" of the deputy's response but would not identify the deputy.
The meter reader "is not a suspect," Nieves said. "He is a credible witness."
Nieves' latest announcement is raising questions about whether police missed several chances to find remains believed to be Caylee's.
The meter reader is not the only one, or the first, to have pointed police toward the site containing the remains.
KioMarie Cruz, Casey Anthony's childhood friend, also told police to investigate the same wooded area near Hidden Oaks Elementary School a month before the meter reader, according to CNN affiliate WFTV.
In an interview with detectives, according to WFTV, Cruz said that she and Anthony "pretty much used to hang out there most of our time," would "snack on food for hours" and went there to "get away from our parents."
The sheriff's office followed up on that tip, but the wooded area was covered in floodwaters, preventing a search. Nieves said the water may have been present at the time of the meter reader's tips as well.
Nieves also said Thursday that searchers combing the site after the skull's discovery had found "significant skeletal remains" consistent with those of a small child on the outer perimeter of the search area.
The area will be enlarged, and processing and searching of the site will continue, probably into the weekend, he said.
Some of the remains have been sent to the FBI lab in Quantico, Virginia, in an effort to identify them. Authorities have said the remains are believed to be Caylee's, but an identification is pending.
Sheriff's spokesman Carlos Padilla said last week that authorities believe the remains are Caylee's for three reasons: No other children have been reported missing in the area; the remains are consistent with those of a child of Caylee's age; and the remains were found near the home of the grandparents, where the 2-year-old and her mother were living just before Caylee disappeared.
FBI spokesman Richard Kolko said Monday that he did not know when tests would be complete, but an attorney for Anthony's parents said the FBI is likely to have results "within the next week."
Casey Anthony could face a sentence of life in prison if convicted. Prosecutors said this month that they would not seek the death penalty.
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Why does it seem that no one who should care gives a shit about that poor little girl? Mother, Grandparents, Uncle, Police investigating her disappearance...WTF is wrong here?
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