DNA tests confirm body found is Caylee Anthony

December 19, 2008

ORLANDO, Fla. (ChattahBox) — DNA tests of the skeletal remains recently found in the woods have confirmed they are of 3-year-old Caylee Anthony who has been missing since June a county medical examiner said Friday.

The remains match Caylee Anthony’s genetic profile and her death is considered a homicide, said the medical examiner, Dr. Jan Garavaglia.

However Garavaglia said some of the remains discovered were as small as pebbles, and authorities weren’t certain how the girl was killed.

A utility worker stumbled upon the remains last week, less than a half-mile from where the girl lived. 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.

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. Casey Anthony’s attorney, Jose Baez, was with her at the Orange County Jail when she found out the news.

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. From there the case has continued to build against the mother as Other troubling details emerged:

  • 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.
  • 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.

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