UPDATE: This post first appeared on November 13. Please follow this link for new developments on December 11.
Please consider this JUST A RUMOR until more information is available and confirmed.
According to bounty hunter Leonard Padilla, the dive team searching the Little Econ River around Blanchard Park say they have located a plastic bag with fingers and toes weighted down by bricks. A second bag with stuffed animals was also said to have been found.
We all hope that closure will eventually come in this case and bring peace to little Caylee Marie Anthony. I won’t hold my breath that these rumors are true but we will wait and see what happens throughout the day as more news comes out. I’ve heard too many rumors over the past week to believe anything at this point until confirmed. It’s always possible that Padilla is running around crying wolf to the media. Only time will tell.
Authorities are trying to determine if there’s a link between items found by divers in an Orlando park’s lake and the case of missing 3-year-old Caylee Anthony believed to have been killed.
Divers searching the area of Little Eonlockhatchee River found a plastic bag containing toys and small bones on Thursday, a bounty hunter told NBC News affiliate, WESH.com.
It was not clear if those were human remains or if they had any relation to Caylee.
Inside the bag, weighted down by bricks, were two toys and bones the size of fingers and toes, Padilla said. There also was a shamrock, which bounty hunter Leonard Padilla said was a favorite symbol of Casey Anthony, WESH reported on its Web site.
Anthony, 22, pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the case of her daughter.
Caylee has not been seen since June, but wasn’t reported missing until a month later. The child’s grandmother first called authorities in July to say she hadn’t seen Caylee for a month and her daughter’s car smelled like death.
From Fox News:
The divers, hired by bounty hunter Leonard Padilla, were combing the Little Econ River around Blanchard Park when they said they came upon a plastic bag filled with fingers and toes and weighted down with bricks. The second with the toys in it was also found and the area was roped off, according to MyFOXOrlando.com.
Orange County Sheriff’s spokesman Carlos Padilla (no relation to the bounty hunter) told FOXNews.com that Leonard Padilla had informed police of his crew’s discovery and investigators were being dispatched to the scene to learn more, but he couldn’t confirm whether the bags contained what the dive team said they did.
A diving course director involved in the search, David Badali, told FOX News Channel’s Miami bureau that the bags found had bones, bricks, a green shamrock toy and another toy inside.
He said they were discovered in 10 feet of water at about 1:30 p.m., the area has been declared a crime scene and the FBI was retrieving the items.
Leonard Padilla told MyFOXOrlando.com that the 30 to 40 divers conducting the search (which involves only five in the water at a time) are from a company called Black Water Divers and specialize in scouring extremely dark areas. He characterized it as a recovery mission to find 3-year-old Caylee’s remains.
The bounty hunter called off his search earlier this week, but had a change of heart Wednesday night and said he’d continue looking for the toddler, who is presumed dead. He said he has evidence that she was dumped in the river, but declined to elaborate.