Caylee Anthony Body Found – The body of missing Florida toddler Caylee Anthony has been found with duct tape wrapped around her head only a few houses away from Casey Anthony’s parent house.
Orange County deputies said a meter reader found the remains of a young child this morning in the area of S. Chickasaw Trail and Suburban Drive — less than 1/4 mile from the Anthonys’ home on Hopespring Drive.
Spokesman Jim Solomons of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said the remains were found in a large plastic bag.
Todd Black, the spokesman for Casey Anthony’s defense attorney, said the utility worker picked up the bag and a skull rolled out of it.
Residents said duct tape was found around the skull, but those reports have not been confirmed by law-enforcement official.
“We certainly hope it isn’t [related to the Anthony case],” Black said. “If it is, it is a sad day.”
Orange County Sheriff Kevin Beary is at the crime scene and said, “we are trying to put it all together.” The sheriff also said there are no other cases of missing children in Orange County.
Beary said the FBI was notified and their investigators told him the discovery is a top priority for the agency’s lab.
Dr. Lee Jantz, coordinator of the forensic anthropology center at the University of Tennessee, told the Associated Press that it is more difficult to identify a child’s body than an adult’s.
Jantz said the first thing medical examiners will do is compare photos of the child with the skull, in hopes of making a bone structure comparison. In high-profile cases the DNA of the bones will also be tested.
Casey Anthony’s defense attorney Jose Baez, walked out of Orange County Jail shortly after 1:33 p.m. and he was surrounded by media cameras and reporters. He would not speak about the remains. He said he would comment later today.
EquuSearch volunteer Deborah Smith said she searched the area three times and had “a bad feeling” because Anthony had mentioned her daughter was nearby.
“It still feels like she’s, she’s close to home,” Anthony told her brother Lee Anthony in a recorded telephone conversation in July. “That’s still my best feeling at the moment.”
Smith said the area where the remains were found is “really wet and steep and there’s lots of snakes back there.”
Three-year-old Caylee Marie Anthony was reported missing July 15. Anthony was indicted in October on first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse, aggravated manslaughter of a child and four counts of providing false information to law enforcement.
Anthony is being held without bail at the Orange County Jail.
Cindy and George Anthony have insisted that their granddaughter is alive.
Captain Angelo Nieves of the sheriff’s office said investigators “right now cannot confirm the sex of the child.” Nieves said lead investigator John Allen called George and Cindy Anthony about the discovery. The Orange County Jail was also notified.
Nieves said forensic detectives are inspecting the remains. A medical examiner and FBI detectives are also at the scene.
Sheriff’s office patrol cars are blocking Suburban Drive at Hopespring Drive. Yellow crime scene tape surrounds a section of woods near the intersection.
EquuSearch spokeswoman Mandy Albritton said their workers did not check that location earlier because it was submerged in water when they had looked in September. When they returned in November, the site had been fenced off.
And that’s the latest news on Caylee Anthony body found.