Remains Confirmed to Be Caylee Anthony

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.


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:

“It is with regret that I’m here to inform you that the skeletal remains found December 11 are those of the missing toddler,” said Dr. Jan Garavaglia, the Orange County medical examiner.

The remains were confirmed to be Caylee’s through a DNA match, authorities said.

Garavaglia 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. She could face a sentence of life in prison if convicted. Prosecutors said this month that they would not seek the death penalty.

Authorities said they called the jail where Anthony is being held to let her know about the discovery.

Caylee’s remains were found last week a half-mile from Casey Anthony’s parents’ home, in the area where a meter reader first directed police.

At the news conference, Garavaglia said that the remains were completely skeletonized and that no tissue was present. She said there was no trauma to the bones before Caylee’s death.

Dr. Michael Bell, a forensic cardiopathologist and chief medical examiner of Palm Beach County, said hairs could still exist if the remains were completely skeletonized.

Garavaglia said toxicology testing was still being done on the remains.

The announcement marks the end of a six-month search for the 2-year-old.

“This is a sheriff’s nightmare,” Orange County Sheriff Kevin Beary said. “I think there’s been an open wound in the community. No child should have to go through this, and we have far too many incidents like this across the country all the time.”

Roy Kronk, the meter reader who found the remains and called the department four months ago, directing them to the site three times, came forward Friday.

He read from a prepared statement, telling reporters that “back in August of this year, I previously reported to Crimeline and to the sheriff’s communications center that I had spotted something suspicious, a bag in the same area.”

“I have been and will continue to cooperate fully with the ongoing investigation by the sheriff’s office and the FBI,” Kronk said. He refused to provide details of what he saw at the site where the remains were found.

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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10 Comments on “Remains Confirmed to Be Caylee Anthony”

  1. Laura Says:

    So does Casey get that mother of the year award now ?

  2. Will Says:

    The whole family is a real piece of work.

  3. alex Says:

    I want to know, why if LE did mess up a bit…so what…that doesn’t change the facts. Why could that mean that Casey walks?..I don’t get it. There is no reasonable doubt here

  4. melissa Says:

    It was only a matter of time before they found her. i hope the prosecution does their job perfectly and without error so that a conviction will stand. All eyes on Orlando and the OCSD….

  5. Nina Says:

    LE as far as I am concerned busted there a&& on this case. Everyone involved has done everything that could to bring Justice to Caylee. Baez needs to stop his BS and face the fact that if his client told the truth in the beginning Caylee would of been found along time ago.She is to blame for Caylee being found 6 months later…AND her only!

  6. Nina Says:

    They could. Correction

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  8. Katrina2008 Says:

    This is truly a tragic story with a tragic ending. God rest Caylee’s soul.

    On that note, shouldn’t we take a lesson from Caylee’s death and focus on our families and friends, rather than spending time on the computer obsessing over something that cannot change? Caylee wanted the unconditional love, protection and nurture she didn’t get from her own mother. Let’s turn our focus onto to something that we do have power over…being with our families and loves ones.

    Let’s move on with our lives and allow Caylee to rest in peace. The blogs are not going to help anyone but they will take you away from the things that matter most in this life.

    The ‘feature blogger’ has a beautiful family. Be with them. xo

  9. kreuzer33 Says:

    Hi Katrina. Thanks for your comment. I totally agree. As you may have noticed, I only have the opportunity to blog early in the morning and late at night. I do this before the kids wake up and after they have gone to bed. Nothing more important to me than family. I’ll sometimes go a whole weekend without more than 2-3 posts as well since this is the best time. I’m actually responding to you with my son on my lap. He’s waiting for me to YouTube The Count…His favorite Sesame Street character. On that note, I must go. Thanks again 🙂

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