A short time after Casey Anthony’s attorney requested a delay in her first degree murder trial this morning, a utility worker in Orlando found a bag containing the bones of a small child half a mile from Anthony’s parents’ house. Casey Anthony is in jail awaiting trial on charges of murdering her three year old daughter Caylee Marie Anthony who has been missing since June. This Caylee Anthony latest news is heartbreaking to the throngs of Caylee searchers who held out hope that the child would be found alive. Associated Press reported that the road where the child’s body was discovered was lined with followers of the Caylee Anthony case and some cried when the body was recovered.
Unconfirmed reports indicate that the head of the child’s body found this morning had duct tape around it.
Investigators cannot determine whether or not the remains found are those of Caylee Anthony until forensics testing is completed. The FBI and forensics specialists will work through the weekend in an effort to identify the remains.
Although a positive identification has not been made, this Caylee Anthony latest news dashes the hopes of a public obsessed by Caylee’s story. Police had been pursuing every lead available to find Caylee and were receiving tips of possible sightings of the little girl as late as yesterday. CBS 4 in Orlando reported yesterday that Casey Anthony’s lawyers were subpoenaing a mall surveillance video tape after a November 16 photograph came to light that showed a little girl resembling Casey playing there.
In this morning’s court proceeding, Casey Anthony’s attorney Jose Baez insisted that Caylee was alive. The purpose of that proceeding was to postpone until March the start of Casey Anthony’s murder trial, a trial that now may take a completely different turn if the body found today is that of Caylee.
The prosecutors have up to now indicated that requesting the death penalty was not in the state’s best interest- a decision no doubt influenced by both the hope that Casey Anthony might come forward with information about what happened to Caylee and by the absence of a body. While a murder conviction can be had without a body, the absence of a body makes death much harder to prove. The latest Caylee Anthony news, the finding of what may be Caylee’s body, may cause prosecutors to reconsider that stance.
Casey Anthony has not provided information about what happened to Caylee to investigators, instead leading them on a wild goose chase after a nonexistent babysitter. Anthony identified an apartment where she claimed to have left Caylee with a babysitter, but it was latter determined that the apartment had been vacant since February, 4 months before Caylee Anthony disappeared.
Sources: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/nation/bal-trial1211,0,624197.story; http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20245997,00.html; http://www2.tbo.com/content/2008/dec/11/111518/childs-nody-found-near-missing-orlando-tots-home/; http://cbs4.com/local/caylee.anthony.casey.2.884101.html