Searchers for Caylee not sharing findings

A memorial for Caylee Anthony grows near the wooded area where a utility worker found a skull less than a half-mile from the home Caylee shared with her mother and grandparents.

Associated Press

A memorial for Caylee Anthony grows near the wooded area where a utility worker found a skull less than a half-mile from the home Caylee shared with her mother and grandparents.

ORLANDO — Sunday marked the fourth day of searching a wooded area for clues in the case of missing toddler Caylee Anthony, and detectives are being tight-lipped on whether any more evidence has been found.

On Thursday, a utility worker found a child's skull less than a half-mile from the Orlando home that the toddler shared with her mother and grandparents.

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 babysitter, but detectives said her story was untrue. Anthony was charged in her daughter's murder 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 the little girl.

One of Anthony's attorneys, Linda Kenney Baden, said last week that "anthropological measurements and hair color" of the remains were said to match Caylee.

Sheriff Kevin Beary said that a search of the grandparents' home where the mother and daughter lived had also yielded links to the remains that he would not reveal. Anthony is being held without bail at the Orange County Jail.

Searchers for Caylee not sharing findings 12/14/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 23, 2008 6:35pm]

    

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