Caylee Anthony: Remains Confirmed To Be Missing Florida Girl

Local authorities have confirmed today that the remains found in a wooded area last week in Orange County, Florida, are those of Caylee Anthony. The key finding besides the identification of the body is that Caylee’s death has been ruled a homicide.

I knew that this announcement would most likely be coming soon but still have to take a step back to reflect. To be sad knowing that Caylee is dead. To be happy knowing that at least now we, and the family, know what happened to Caylee.

Tonight, after I’ve had some time to digest today’s news, I’ll be writing a full post which will include all of my thoughts on this announcement today. For now, does anyone have any thoughts to share? It certainly will be an emotional day for all.

For those who have not seen them yet, here is a link to the crime scene photos which were released yesterday.

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From the Associated Press:

Skeletal remains found in the woods are the Florida 3-year-old who has been missing since June, but they don’t reveal any clues about how she was killed, a county medical examiner said Friday. A utility worker stumbled upon the remains last week, less than a half-mile from where the girl lived. DNA tests confirm that the remains match Caylee Anthony’s genetic profile, said the medical examiner, Dr. Jan Garavaglia.

Caylee’s mother, 22-year-old Casey Anthony, was indicted in October on first-degree murder and other charges, even though no body was found. She has insisted that she left the girl with a baby sitter in June, but she didn’t report her missing until July.

It took authorities several days to analyze the remains, and some tests are still being completed. Some of the bones were as small as a pebble and had been scattered, and the fragments were hard to find by excavators who searched on their hands and knees, authorities said. The bone fragments did not reveal any trauma before death, Garavaglia said, but exactly what happened to the girl remains a mystery.

“Bottom line is, folks, no child should have to go through this,” said Orange County Sheriff Kevin Beary.

A search team said they did not check the wooded area sooner because it was submerged in water. Beary said his department was investigating reports that the utility worker who called in the tip leading to the discovery of the remains had tried several times in August to call in his suspicion about a bag in the area.

“If we missed a window of opportunity we don’t know,” he said. “I’m not throwing anybody under the bus because we don’t know. That’s why we conduct an administrative review.”

Casey Anthony’s attorney, Jose Baez, was with her at the Orange County Jail shortly after she found out the news from a jail chaplain, said Todd Black, a spokesman for the attorney. She was notified about 15 minutes before the news conference about the positive identification. Black said he wouldn’t comment on her reaction.

A message left for the attorney representing George and Cindy Anthony, Casey’s parents, was not immediately returned.

The case captivated the community where the little girl’s family lived, and Caylee has been a staple on national news as her mother and grandparents pleaded for tips, promising that the girl was still alive.

Caylee’s grandmother first called authorities in July to say she hadn’t seen the girl for a month and her daughter’s car smelled like death.

Police immediately interviewed Anthony and soon said everything she told them about her daughter’s whereabouts was false. The baby sitter was nonexistent and the apartment where Anthony said she had last seen Caylee had been empty for months. Anthony also lied about where she worked, they said.

Other troubling details emerged: Photos surfaced of Anthony partying after her daughter went missing. Friends said she was a habitual liar, but also a good mother.

Last month, the Orange County State Attorney turned over almost 800 pages of documents showing someone used the Anthonys’ home computer to do Internet searches for terms like “neck breaking” and “household weapons.”

In mid-March, someone searched Google and Wikipedia for peroxide, shovels, acetone, alcohol and chloroform. Traces of chloroform, which is used to induce unconsciousness and a component of human decomposition, were found in the trunk of Casey Anthony’s car during forensic testing, the documents say.

From CNN:

The announcement marks the end of a six-month search for the 3-year-old.

“It is with regret that I’m here to inform you that the skeletal remains found on December 1 are those of the missing toddler,” Orange County Medical Examiner Dr. Jan Garavaglia said.

She said the cause of death was homicide, but she could not determine how Caylee was killed.

Casey Anthony, 22, faces charges including first-degree murder in the June disappearance of her daughter. 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 a meter reader first directed police.

At Friday’s news conference, police will identify the meter reader who, they said Thursday, called the department four months ago, directing them to the site of the remains three times in August.

From WESH:

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office revealed Friday that the remains found near the Anthony home last Thursday are in fact those of Caylee Marie Anthony.

Dr. Jan C. Garavaglia, the medical examiner, made the announcement during a 2 p.m. news conference. She said the identification was made through a DNA match at the FBI lab in Virginia.

She said the death was by homicide, but she is not able yet to say how the child was killed.

Caylee’s mother, Casey Anthony, was told at 1:45 p.m. at the Orange County Jail, where she is being held on first-degree murder and other charges in connection with Caylee’s death.

Garavaglia said the remains that were found on Dec. 11 were bones only with no visible tissue.

“While I would love to explain the forensic aspects of this case to you…we must remember everyone is innocent until proven guilty,” Garavaglia said. “This case needs to be tried in a court of law and not the media, thus I will not discuss specifics of the finding of this case at this time.”

Orange County Sheriff Kevin Beary declined to say what, if anything, else was found at the scene.

Caylee, who was 2 at the time of her disappearance, was reported missing in mid-July — a month after she was last seen.

A plastic bag containing a child’s skull with duct tape, several small bones, a tooth, long light hair and clothing was discovered by a meter reader working near a wooded area within one-third mile of the Anthony home in East Orange County (Story). The same utilities worker, Roy Kronk, called in tips on Aug. 11, 12, and 13, and Dec. 11 regarding the area where the remains were found last week (Video).

Kronk held a brief news conference on Friday with an attorney, who emphasized that Kronk has nothing to do with the Anthonys or the case, other than being the one to find the bones.

Capt. Angelo Nieves of OCSO said Kronk’s calls were handled differently. He said no deputy was brought to the scene after the first call, CrimeLine handled the second call and a deputy responded the third time the meter reader called regarding the scene. Nieves said what happened in that timeframe is being looked into.

From WOFL:

Skeletal remains found in the woods are the Florida 3-year-old who has been missing since June, and her death is considered a homicide, a county medical examiner said Friday.

DNA tests confirm that the remains match Caylee Anthony’s genetic profile, said the Orange County Medical Examiner Dr. Jan Garavaglia .

A utility worker stumbled upon the remains last week, less than a half-mile from where the girl lived. Garavaglia said some of the remains discovered were as small as pebbles, and authorities weren’t certain how the girl was killed.

“Bottom line is folks, no child should have to go through this,” said Orange County Sheriff Kevin Beary.

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19 Comments on “Caylee Anthony: Remains Confirmed To Be Missing Florida Girl”

  1. vidkid Says:

    I wonder how that can rule it a homicide when cause of death can not be determined? Enjoy jail Casey, you’re gonna be there a long, long time!

  2. wtf Says:

    you know i cant even being to understand why and how you could kill your 2 yr old baby girl so you can go out and be a whore, you have no heart and your lying finally caught up with you and your parents, yes i understand they never gave up searching for their grandchild but when you tell the police different crap every day it doesnt help and now that they have found her remains NOW you want to cooperate in return for immunity that right there shows that you were lying. Casey you WILL burn in hell for this crime. Even in prison the convicted have a system and baby killers and child molestors are the lowest of the low and i hope they deal with you

  3. trensota Says:

    I’m guessing just the fact of the duct tape over the mouth is enough to rule out natural causes… I wonder if, after this length of time, there will be any forensic evidence to show how she died.

    I am sorry for all the Anthonys, especially for the sweet innocent Caylee, and for Cindy, who I fear will be crushed by this inescapable reality… May the responsible parties be quickly identified and put away so they can do no more harm.

  4. blessed2times Says:

    I have been following this case since day one. I think being a mother myself caused it to have such an effect me. Which i’m sure it has done for many other mothers. I will admit, that I have swayed to both sides of this many times. I think it was my profound hope that this little girl was still alive. But when I turned on the TV and saw this newsI was crushed. That sweet little face with “Remains are that of Caylee Anthony” next to it was just heartbreaking. Many of us have taken her in to hearts and our thoughts everyday. I will forever wonder what could make a mother do this. I guess when Casey said in her prison calls that she knows that Caylee is still closed to home, she wasnt lying. She knew she was there the whole time.

    My heart aches for those grandparents that have been drug to hell and back. They held onto hope to the very end. I can’t imagine the pain and heartache they are expiriencing. I will pray for them everyday to be able to take Caylee’s memory and move on as best they can without her.

    This case will make me hig my kids tighter and remind them how much I love them ever chance I get. Caylee’s little face will always be in the back of my mind. I know she is in a better place, free from monsters like her own mommy.

  5. vidkid Says:

    If Casey’s and only Casey’s fingerprints are on that duct tape, nothing else matters……Not the cause of death, not the nanny, not the fact that the police didn’t find the body on 11/11,12,13th.

    This alone will tie her to the heinous act of “shutting Caylee up” with that duct tape around the mouth & head…….. :<{

  6. FosterMom Says:

    First of all Kreuzer thank you for such a great job on this blog I have found yours to be one of the most informative. It is a sad day with the results confirmed I didn’t think I would be as emotional as the first announcements when we all knew here it was Sweet little Caylee! I am a foster mother we have a lot of love in our home we are here to protect the young and innocent .This sickens my heart. I am very aware of what can happen to these little ones if left with the wrong parents have been there done that! This case is just sooo sad and I thank GOD every day for the strength to continue to protect! Caylee was not wanted from the beginning and forced by her mother to keep her was obviously the wrong way to go! Maybe this can be Caylee’s message to mothers who force motherhood on the unwanted! Been crying all day and huggin our little ones Rest in peace sweet lil angel CAYLEE MARIE ANTHONY.God is protecting you now!

  7. vidkid Says:

    You are awesome, fosterMom, we need more outstanding citizens like you!

  8. Twiggy58s Says:

    I have a very beautiful granddaughter an if she’d been missing for a month i would have called police befour it got out of hand. Now there are two grandparents who will never be able to enjoy the love there granddaughter would have giving them. It really hurts to here about a child who has falling between the cracks because no one sees there is a problem.

    You rest in peace god has you now mommy can’t hurt anymore.

  9. kreuzer33 Says:

    FosterMom,

    Thanks for the kind words! To be honest, I wish I didn’t have to be as informative. I wish I didn’t have to cover this story as much as I have over the past few months. I wish that this horrible tragedy never happened in the first place. I tried to share the news stories to people, being as neutral as possible, so that readers could have a free and open discussion.

    This case drew me in since I have a 3 year old who would be within days of being the same age as Caylee. Both born in August. As a dad, I can’t imagine something this terrible happening to one of my kids.

    I’m planning an in-depth blog post tonight to give some more thoughts on the case. I’ve never been about breaking news, just sharing the best stories I find to help others learn more each day. I’m glad that you have found the stories informative 🙂

  10. vidkid Says:

    Kreuzer33….. I think your website lets normal, concerned citizens a place to post ideas and theories on cases that need to be solved. Sometimes a theory can reveal a way to look at a case from “outside the box” and give the police an other clue. Also it give poeple a place to express their feelings, that you for taking the time to do all this work!

  11. vidkid Says:

    Sorry for that last post…. I need to stop drinking before dinner or it’s the computer! Here’s the way it should had read….
    Kreuzer33….. I think your website gives normal, concerned citizens a place to post ideas and theories on cases that need to be solved. Sometimes a theory can reveal a way to look at a case from “outside the box” and gives the police other clues or angles. Also it gives people a place to express their feelings, thoughts, & concerns. Thank you for taking the time to do all this work!

  12. kreuzer33 Says:

    No problem VidKid. I don’t actually have very much time to work on this site in all reality. Work all day, kids in the evening. It doesn’t leave much time. But when I do have the chance, be it early morning or late night, I try to post what I can. Anytime anybody wants, feel free to email me or connect through Facebook or MySpace. The links are on my blogroll 🙂

  13. Miriam Eterginio Says:

    My heart bleeds not only for little Caylee but also for the grandparents Gorge and Cindy Anthony. I honestly wish that people would not rebel against them for it is not their fault. Not only have the Anthonys lost their grandaughter, but they are also losing their child. Although I do feel that Casey is guilty as sin I feel that the family should be left alone totally (including the press) and allow them time to grieve.
    May God Bless them all.

  14. Miriam Eterginio Says:

    How could anyone think that the killing of Caylee could have been an accident, if so, why was the blue tape around her mouth. Also, I feel that Mr. Krunk the meter reader should able to collect the tip money.

  15. Leslie30 Says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. What adorable children you have! The love and happiness shines through your wonderful smiles. You all are very blessed.

    I believe Devine Justice will be served in this case. I just don’t see how Casey Anthony will ever leave prison when all the facts come out. It’s not going to happen. She (according to Dr. Bethan Marshall on NG) has always HATED and resented Calee for getting all of the love, attention and money that she thought her parents should give to her. Casey is a VERY DANGEROUS person. Her parents are lucky to be alive, in my opinion.

    I wish the Kreuzers a wonderful Christmas and thank you again for your great articles about this case.

  16. anonymous Says:

    how come everyone is ruling out kronk. I THINK THAT THE WHOLE THING IS JUST A LITTLE WEIRD. i HOPE THEY INVESTIGATE HIM FULLY ALSO.

  17. kreuzer33 Says:

    Thanks Leslie 🙂 Glad you have enjoyed and been kept informed. Please stop by anytime!

  18. kreuzer33 Says:

    Thanks everyone for all the comments and keeping Caylee in your thoughts. I’ve been spending some quality time with the family this weekend and am very much looking forward to the Christmas holiday with them. You probably won’t see a lot of posts from me during this time. But you still might, as always, before the kids get up and after they’ve been tucked into bed.

    My son is asking to watch The Count now so I’ve got to run! Thanks to everyone as always for reading and continue to stop by and leave your thoughts 🙂


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