Posted tagged ‘Body Found’

Remains Confirmed to be Zahra Baker

November 12, 2010

Investigators said today that they have found the remains of Zahra Baker, a disabled North Carolina girl who was reported missing nearly a month ago.

“Today, our community mourns, our state mourns, our nation mourns, and the world mourns,” said police Chief Tom Adkins of Hickory, North Carolina.

From the Associated Press:

Hickory Police Chief Tom Adkins said investigators matched a bone found a couple of weeks ago with 10-year-old Zahra Baker’s DNA.

“I’ve been dreading this moment from early on in the investigation,” Adkins said. “We have recovered enough physical evidence to think we have found Zahra.”

Police also found a child’s remains earlier this week in western North Carolina in an area near where Zahra’s stepmother once lived. The remains will need to be tested to make sure they also belong to Zahra, Adkins said.

The freckle-faced Zahra, who had bone cancer that forced her to use a prosthetic leg and hearing aids, was reported missing by her parents Oct. 9. They said she was last seen in her bed at their home in Hickory, about 50 miles northwest of Charlotte.

A couple of weeks later, her prosthetic leg and the bone were discovered in some brush, about five miles away from where the other remains were found buried.

From CNN:

Adkins said that DNA from a bone dug up off Christie Road in Caldwell County — the same place Zahra Baker’s prosthetic leg was recovered late last month — was consistent with that taken from the girl’s personal items.

Using DNA swabs taken from Zahra’s biological father and mother, investigators are trying to confirm that more human remains found at a site five miles away also belonged to her, according to Adkins. But he said the medical examiner’s staff at the site said those bones appeared to have belonged to a girl of Zahra’s age.

“Investigators, agents, officers and staff who have worked on this case are devastated that they were not able to bring Zahra home alive,” Adkins said.

Police Say Body Believed To Be Chelsea King Found

March 2, 2010

Law enforcement officials in Southern California have confirmed that a girl’s body was found in Lake Hodges, where extensive search efforts for missing Poway High School student Chelsea King, have been underway.

It is believed that the body belongs to King but no official confirmation has been made at this time.

From ABC News:

Searchers found a body believed to be a 17-year-old San Diego high school student who went missing while running in a park near her home last week, the San Diego County sheriff said.

Police found the body believed to be Chelsea King Tuesday afternoon, six days after she went missing on Feb. 25 and two days after they arrested John Albert Gardner III, a convicted sex offender whose DNA was found on King’s clothing near where police believe she was abducted.

From Fox News:

King is a straight-A student at Poway High School who plays French horn for the San Diego Youth Symphony, competes on her school cross-country team and volunteers in a peer counseling program.

A sex offender suspected in the disappearance of Chelsea King was arrested Sunday in connection with her disappearance. He served only five years in prison for molesting a girl a decade ago after prosecutors rejected a psychiatrist’s advice to seek a stiffer punishment, court documents state.

Body of Missing Florida Girl Believed Found in Georgia

October 21, 2009

Authorities searching for missing 7-year-old Somer Thompson said they found the body of a young child in a Georgia landfill today, but it has not yet been identified.

From what I’ve heard, it is most likely the body of the missing girl but only time will tell for sure.

From the Associated Press:

Clay County, Fla., Sheriff Rick Beseler first said the body was a female, but then corrected himself and said he couldn’t yet confirm the gender. The parents of Somer Thompson, who has been missing since Monday, have been notified.

The body was found by Clay County detectives who followed garbage trucks from the girl’s neighborhood to Folkston, Ga., just north of the Florida state line.

Beseler said investigators searched through 100 tons of garbage before finding the partially covered body. He did not give any other details about the discovery.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was helping with the investigation and planned to conduct an autopsy on the body Thursday in its Savannah office, spokesman John Bankhead said.

“We all need to say a prayer for Somer’s family,” Florida Gov. Charlie Crist said at a press conference announcing the discovery.

Are Casey Anthony’s Parents Hiding Something?

December 17, 2008

This has been a topic of great discussion on this site for quite some time now and I’ve heard arguments on both sides of the issue.

Now, MomLogic has posted an article on this very topic which brings up some very interesting points.

Based on the information that we know now, what do you think? Do you believe George and Cindy Anthony could be indicted for obstruction of justice when all is said and done? Do you think they know more than they have led on? Has Casey told them what happened, other than what we have heard on the jailhouse conversations? Do they truly believe that their daughter is innocent?

The comment section is open for debate. But please be tactful and tasteful :)

From the article:

If you knew your child was a murderer, would you do anything in your power to save them from life in prison or possibly the death penalty? OK — what if it meant misleading the media or tampering with evidence? What to most people is just a hypothetical question of morals is very real for Cindy and George Anthony, parents of Casey Anthony, the mom from Central Florida accused of killing her daughter Caylee.

Should they be charged with obstruction of justice?

From the onset of the investigation into the disappearance of their granddaughter, the Anthonys have changed their story, morphing them from angry parents who hinted at their daughter’s guilt into a loving mother and father who desperately defended her. Questions of their involvement in the disappearance came into question when their house was searched — and investigators hauled off massive amounts of evidence — after the remains of what’s thought to be Caylee were found less than a quarter mile from their home.

To date, the Anthonys are not suspects in the case. Cindy, George and Casey’s brother Lee have all been fingerprinted to rule out their involvement. The Anthonys’ attorney Brad Conway stressed his clients are not being investigated but added, “If they do get charged, we will be prepared to aggressively defend them.”

Although Judge Jeanine Pirro doesn’t believe that at this time there is enough evidence to indict the couple on obstruction of justice charges, she does believe the Anthonys have known that Caylee has been dead for some time and are now attempting to protect Casey. “I don’t think that there is any question that George and Cindy Anthony are circling the wagons around their daughter Casey,” she says.

Charging someone with obstruction of justice rather than an attempt to mislead can be extremely difficult, explains Pirro,. “You must prove they [George and Cindy] knew something beforehand,” she says. “For now, no one can be sure how much of the truth they know because the entire Anthony family has — up to this point — declined to take lie detector tests.”

Below is a sample of inconsistencies in the Anthonys’ comments and behavior:

The Hairbrush
In July, emails obtained by WFTV-Channel 9 suggest Cindy Anthony could have knowingly given the incorrect hairbrush to investigators who wanted a strand of Caylee’s hair for DNA testing. In the email written to Larry Garrison, her spokesman at the time, Cindy says, “I never lied, I just never went to the bathroom to get the hairbrush I used for Caylee.”

The Pants
Allegedly, Cindy Anthony washed a pair of Casey’s pants that were left in the car after the Anthonys picked up the car from the tow yard.

On the topic of the pants, Cindy’s brother Rick Plesea berates his sister in an email written in late August: “You have to be a moron to destroy evidence with washing pants that smell like a dead body.”

The Smell in Casey’s Car
From the moment Casey’s car was picked up from the tow yard, it apparently emitted a very strong smell. Investigators concluded that it was consistent with the smell of a decomposing body.

Cindy alluded to it in her second 911 call July 15:

There’s something wrong. I found my daughter’s car today, and it smells like there’s been a dead body in the damn car.

Then while speaking to Eyewitness News in August, she changed her story:

There was a bag of pizza for like 12 days in the trunk of the car full of maggots. It stunk so bad … you know how hot it’s been.

George Anthony seemed convinced the smell in the car was a decomposing body when he spoke with investigators in July:

I’ve been around that stuff, I mean the law enforcement stuff. We caught people out in the woods, out in a house in a car. So I know what it smells like. It’s a smell that you never … get rid of.

Then on “Larry King Live” on December 10, he had a different explanation for the smell:

My professional opinion is I never really realized how long it would take garbage to smell for 19 days or 18 days inside of a car in Florida.

The Pictures of Casey Partying
The images of Casey partying at Club Fusion showed the young mother drinking and dancing allegedly during the same time frame that Casey told investigators she was searching for her daughter.

During Cindy’s appearance on the “Today” show in October, she said the pictures were not relevant to the case:

Most of the pictures happened before June 16th.

On “Larry King Live” in December, Cindy told Larry King the pictures were used for promotion for Club Fusion:

Those are photos that they used to entice other people to come into that club. She would have gotten paid for that photo. So, in fact, she was working.

Caylee Anthony: More Bones Found in Weekend Search

December 15, 2008

Crime scene investigators have returned to the location this morning where remains were discovered last week to follow what has been described as “a small trail of bones” uncovered over the weekend.

From the Orlando Sentinel:

A source at the Orange County Sheriff’s Office this morning confirmed that more bones where discovered over the weekend in the area where a child’s skull and other remains were found near the home that missing toddler, Caylee Marie Anthony, shared with her mother and grandparents.

Detectives did not give details about the bones, but they are continuing to sift through dirt and leaves in the wooded area close to Hopespring and Suburban drives this morning. The missing girl’s grandparents, George and Cindy Anthony, live less than a 1/4 mile from the site where the bones were found.

On Dec. 11, an Orange County water-meter reader found a skull and other remains in a black plastic bag — marking the first major break in the case in months. Duct tape had been wrapped around the skull, investigators said.

From Fox News:

Officials found more bones over the weekend in the area less than a half-mile from the home the young child shared with her mother and grandparents, George and Cindy Anthony. A lawyer for the couple said the family was preparing for the worst.

“They’re devastated,” Brad Conway told MyFOXOrlando.com. “They’re trying to deal with this the best they can. They’re realistic about the probability that it’s Caylee, but they pray it’s not.”

The Orlando Sentinel reported Monday that the Orange County Sheriff’s Office confirmed more bones were discovered at the site.

Conway told the station that investigators searching the Anthonys’ home in the wake of the skull discovery “tore it apart.”

The Anthonys attended a church service Sunday and met privately with their pastor at the Eastside Baptist Church, MyFOXOrlando.com reported.

“I just prayed with the Anthonys this morning and encouraged them and let them know we’re here and we’re not leaving,” their pastor, Dr. Shane Stutzman, told the station.

Caylee has been missing since June, and no trace of her was found until last week’s discovery. Orange County Sheriff’s deputies, agents from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and FBI experts have converged on the vacant property to comb it for clues.

Sheriff’s spokesman Carlos Padilla said Sunday that the thick undergrowth has made for slow searching.

“They’re being very tedious and very methodical,” he said.

Padilla would not say what, if any, other pieces of evidence were found during the search.

Caylee’s mother, 22-year-old Casey Anthony, waited a month to report her daughter missing. She initially told police that she left the child with a baby sitter, but detectives said her story was untrue. Anthony was charged in her daughter’s murder on Oct. 14.

The discovery of the skull is the first major break in the case in months.

Although DNA results on the remains probably won’t be released for several days, authorities and even Anthony’s own attorneys are treating the find as if it is Caylee.

“We’re going to have our experts all reviewing everything from top to bottom,” her attorney Jose Baez told MyFOXOrlando.com. “Unfortunately, due to the time that’s elapsed and our inability to be able to observe what’s being done, there’s no telling what the scene is going to look like when we get it or what it was like beforehand.”

911 Call Reporting Possible Caylee Anthony Discovery Released

December 12, 2008

Florida officials today released a recording of the 911 call made after a utility worker discovered remains suspected of being missing 3-year-old Caylee Anthony. You can listen to the 911 call below.

From the Associated Press:

About 2 minutes of tape released Friday contains an official for Orange County’s water department telling the 911 dispatcher that one of their meter readers found a skull in the “the Caylee Anthony area.”

The 911 operator exclaims “oh” and tells the caller to make sure the worker doesn’t touch the evidence or call attention to the scene while waiting for deputies to arrive.

The girl has been missing since June and her mother, 22-year-old Casey Anthony, is charged with murder in her disappearance after not reporting her missing for a month.

From the Orlando Sentinel:

Orange County deputies this afternoon released audio from a call to the sheriff’s 911 call center made immediately after the discovery of a child’s remains Thursday. Those remains are thought to belong to missing toddler Caylee Marie Anthony.

During the call, which lasted less than two minutes, a male utilities company representative and a female dispatcher discuss the location of the find.

“Yes, miss, this is Orange County Utilities dispatch. We found a human skull,” the man said. “Oh my gosh,” she replied.

The supervisor said that the discovery took place in the “Caylee Anthony area” on Suburban Drive east of Chickasaw Trail.

A meter reader made the discovery, the representative said. He added he would tell the worker not to disturb the area, and gave instructions for deputy sheriffs to find him. The dispatcher instructed the representative to tell the meter reader to remain discrete.

“If you can, try to stress to him to please not draw attention to the area. And that would be great. Just in case it is something. It may be nothing. But just in case.”

Deputies did not release the names of the people speaking on the tape.

Investigators Tentatively Identify Body as Caylee Anthony’s

December 12, 2008

CNN is reporting this morning that the remains found near the home of George and Cindy Anthony have been tentatively identified as belonging to their 3-year-old granddaughter, Caylee Marie Anthony.  Police believe the remains are Caylee’s because they are consistent with a child of Caylee’s age, they were found near the home of Caylee’s grandparents, and no other children have been reported missing in the area.

CNN

Credit: CNN

From CNN:

A corpse has been tentatively identified as missing toddler Caylee Anthony’s, attorneys for her mother told a Florida judge on Friday.

Orange County, Florida, sheriff’s spokesman Carlos Padilla gave three reasons for the belief the body is Caylee’s:

• No other children have been reported missing in the area.

• The remains are consistent with a child of Caylee’s age.

• They were found in close proximity to the home of Caylee’s grandparents.

Lawyer Linda Kenney Baden said in court that that investigators said they “were proceeding as if this were little Caylee Anthony.”

Strands of hair found with the remains, found Thursday a half mile from the home of Caylee’s grandparents, are the same color as the 3-year-old’s, the lawyer said. The age and measurements also were a match for Caylee, Baden added.

Prosecutors said the request was premature, given that the remains have not been positively identified. The defense countered that a tentative identification had been made. Video Watch how the corpse resembles Caylee »

Overnight, investigators searched the home of Caylee’s grandparents and took several bags of potential evidence, Orange County, Florida, Sheriff Kevin Beary said Friday morning.

Caylee often lived in the house with her grandparents and her mother, who was arrested in October and charged with murder.

Investigators “concluded there were certain things they wanted to be looking for” and searched the home, Beary said in an interview broadcast on ABC News.

A utility worker discovered the remains in a plastic bag around 9:30 a.m. Thursday and alerted authorities, sheriff’s spokesman Jim Solomons said.

Caylee has been missing since June in a case that has received national attention.

The remains were taken to the county medical examiner’s office and will be sent to the FBI lab in Quantico, Virginia, Beary said Thursday.

Meanwhile, investigators Friday continued searching the area where the remains were found.

From the Orlando Sentinel:

Attorney Mark NeJame, who once represented Cindy and George Anthony, arrived at the Hopespring Drive address this afternoon to comment on the latest developments.

NeJame learned of the discovery of skeletal remains while in Puerto Rico on a one-day business trip. He was shocked when he heard the news.

“Sadly, it was what was expected,” NeJame said. “I was hoping at some point that Caylee would be found.”

Although the medical examiner has not determined the identity of the remains, NeJame believes they belong to the missing toddler.

“It’s more than a hunch,” he said. “I have had an opinion for a long time. I absolutely believe that it is [Caylee].”

NeJame resigned as the Anthonys’ representative in November because they did not take his advice, he said.

“Everyone hoped that a miracle would occur and that Caylee would show up,” NeJame said, adding that he felt more comfortable expressing his opinions about the girl’s fate now that a body has been found.

Earlier today a man who identified himself only as a private investigator went inside the home. He entered through the garage door and appeared to be in the back yard near the shed. He did not appear to remove anything from the home.

When asked if he was working for the Anthony family, he declined comment.

An Orange County deputy sheriff is stationed outside the family home and a cruiser is blocking the driveway, although sheriff’s officials are done searching the house.

From the Los Angeles Times:

A meter reader may have solved a heartbreaking five-month mystery Thursday when he stumbled across a plastic bag containing what investigators suspect are the remains of Caylee Marie Anthony.

The worker walked into a patch of woods less than half a mile from where the missing toddler lived and saw the bag on the ground. When he picked it up, a child’s skull rolled out.

The area had been underwater when volunteers and officials searched for signs of the girl, who was reported missing in July.

Within hours, dozens of reporters, police and onlookers had gathered in the rain. One man set up a flower-covered cross. Another openly sobbed. A nearby elementary school released students through a back exit, steering them away from the frantic scene.

Nothing immediately indicated that the remains were Caylee’s. But Orange County Sheriff Kevin Beary said his investigators and the FBI would work around the clock to identify the child.

“Now the investigation continues,” Beary said. “There is a lot of lab work to do. There is a lot of DNA work to do. There is a lot of crime scene work to do.”

Casey Anthony’s Home May Become a “Crime Scene”

December 11, 2008

Authorities have cordoned off the home of George and Cindy Anthony just hours after the remains of a small child were found nearby. Sheriff Kevin Beary said that the house is under investigation and has the “possibility of being more of a crime scene later”.

He later went on to say that they could be “here all night”. Looks like we may get some answers sooner rather than later.

From CNN:

The sheriff’s office in Orange County, Florida, said it is seeking a warrant to search the home of George and Cindy Anthony.

Sheriff Kevin Beary said the home has been secured “pending more investigation.” The house has the “possibility of being more of a crime scene later,” he added.

A child’s skull was found at about 9:30 a.m. by a utility meter reader who alerted authorities, sheriff’s spokesman Jim Solomons said. Investigators, including those from the Anthony case, rushed to the scene, he added.

CNN affiliate WFTV reported that the meter reader picked up a plastic bag at the site and a skull fell out. The remains have been removed by the medical examiner and will be sent to the FBI lab at Quantico, Virginia, Sheriff Beary said.

The agency has told its lab analysts that the case is top priority, Beary added. “If they have to work through the weekend, they’ll work through the weekend.”

“Bottom line, it’s real simple, folks,” Beary said. “We’ve recovered this human skull, it appears to be that of a small child, and now the investigation continues. We’ve got a lot of lab work to do, a lot of DNA work to do, a lot of crime scene work to do. We could be here all night.”

Items Found May Be Vital Clues in Caylee Anthony Case

December 11, 2008

12/19 UPDATE: The remains have been confirmed to be Caylee Anthony at the news conference today.

According to a forensic pathologist who spoke with Fox News, the plastic bag and duct tape reportedly found today, along with the remains of a child’s body near Casey Anthony’s house, could help tie the body to missing 3 year old Caylee Anthony.

From Fox News:

The remains, found Thursday by a utility worker less than half a mile from Caylee’s home, have yet to be identified, but investigators will be searching the scene for “a treasure trove of forensic evidence,” FOX News contributor Michael Baden said.

Pathologists should be able to identify the body quickly from dental records, Baden said, and the plastic and duct tape could provide additional vital clues, including fingerprints. They could also provide clues to how the child died, and to who dumped the body.

“The beauty of duct tape — no matter rain, snow, sleet — that fingerprint will stay there,” Baden said, adding that if someone used their teeth to rip it, it could yield DNA evidence too.

“Right now, they would be looking at all the contents of the plastic bag and they would be looking at the plastic bag itself,” Baden said. “The fingerprints on the outside often get dissolved away by weather, but the inside of the plastic bag, the fingerprints would be there.”

Remains Appear to be Caylee Anthony

December 11, 2008

Once again, this is just a rumor but EquuSearch’s Tim Miller has stated that the sheriff’s office investigator thinks the remains belong to missing toddler Caylee Marie Anthony.

From the Orlando Sentinel:

Tim Miller, the founder and director of EquuSearch, said the remains “appear to be Caylee, but with any case, we have to wait until a positive ID is made.”

Orange County deputies confirmed the discovery of a young child’s remains near Casey Anthony’s home this morning in the area of S. Chickasaw Trail and Suburban Drive. Spokesman Jim Solomons said the remains were found in a bag by a utility worker.

The location of the discovery is less than 1/4 mile from the Anthonys’ home on Hopespring Drive.

Todd Black, the spokesman for Casey Anthony’s defense attorney, said the 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.

Captain Angelo Nieves of the Orange County 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. FBI detectives are also at the scene.

From The Criminal Report Daily:

Tim Miller, founder and director of Texas EquuSearch, said that he is in agreement with sources close to the investigation who feel that remains found near the home of Casey Anthony are that of her missing two-year-old daughter, Caylee Anthony.

“My prayers go out to the family of the deceased child,” Miller told Investigation Discovery. “I hope they can now come to peace and begin to put back together the pieces of their shattered lives.”

Casey Anthony’s parents, George and Cindy Anthony, are currently on their way to Orlando, from California, where they made an appearance on Larry King Live last night. It is unknown if they are aware of these most recent developments.

Earlier today, Investigation Discovery received a call from a source close to the investigation in the case who said that investigators believe the remains found today by a meter reader, at the intersection of Suburban Drive and Chickasaw, are Caylee Anthony; however DNA tests will be needed to make a positive identification.

The source claims the remains were found in a plastic bag with duct tape.

According to a spokesperson for Texas EquuSearch, the area where the remains were found could not be searched during the first search effort because the area was under water. During the second search effort the area was fenced off.


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