August 7th, 2008
10:14 PM ET

Where is Caylee?

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Randi Kaye
AC360° Correspondent

What do you think really happened to Caylee Anthony?

She’s the little girl from Florida who her mother says was last seen June 9th. But her mother, Casey Anthony, didn’t report her missing until July 15th.

She’s in jail in Orlando charged with child neglect and apparently is refusing to work with investigators.

First she said she left her daughter with a baby sister at an apartment which police later found out had been vacant for six months. Now she says she knows what may have happened to Caylee but won’t give up any information until she is released from jail. That really puts investigators in a pickle, huh?

Caylee and her mom lived with Caylee’s grandparents. Police have searched the house many times. Today they took yet another garbage bag full of clothing.. apparently full of Casey’s clothes from a suitcase she had with her the day she showed up and reported her daughter missing.

She said she was gone all that time on a business trip for Universal Studios. Guess what, she doesn’t work for Universal Studios. So what’s up? Do you think she was threatened and is trying to protect her daughter? Or do you think she harmed her?

Investigators are testing DNA found on a stain in the mother’s car.. and on Friday they are expected to dive in and search a nearby lake.. though they are saying that has little to do with this little girl’s disappearance.

So—where is Caylee Anthony? We’ve been following this story and would love for your “criminal minds” to weigh in. If you could talk to investigators, or the mom, what would you want to know? What do you think really happened here?

Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Randi Kaye
soundoff (86 Responses)
  1. Kygal

    How much longer on the DNA?

    August 8, 2008 at 9:37 pm |
  2. Kygal

    Maybe they could offer her life in prison with a possibility of parole if she tells the police where the baby is. If she doesn't then it's life or the needle!

    Her Dad is an ex cop. Her boyfriend is an ex cop. Her Mother is a nurse. I'm sure she has smelled dead body before. She knew what she was smelling on Casey's clothes that she washed. She didn't say she had washed her shoes and they where with the clothes. Maybe they have DNA on them.

    Casey needs to be away from the tv. She needs to be insulated except for her attorney. She can form her answers because she has a heads up on the questions.

    I think when the woman went to look at the apartment and someone wrote her name down maybe she or the person taking her information pulled a phone number out of the air. A couple of days later another person from the apartment complex followed up with a call to the number. Rental agents do this all the time. I'm from (name of complex) is this Ms. jane doe smith? You where her on June 17th to look at apartment 210 and we just wanted to see if you where still interested? That would give her the name, date and name of the apartment complex. She could start her thread of lies from this information. It could be the person writing down the number knew Casey and just mindlessly wrote down her number on the contact sheet or like is said to begin with just pulled a number out of the air.

    August 8, 2008 at 9:26 pm |
  3. Keith Borrelli- Hudson, Florida

    I agree with the writer Miles, I think that Caylee either drowned in the pool accidentally or was drowned. The neighbor told police that Casey backed her car into the driveway which she had never done before. She must have put Caylee into the trunk, not sure what to do with the body she just left her there for some days till she decided how and where to dispose of Caylee. She is a sick person, who doesnt deserve to see the light of day again. How could anyone harm such a sweet ,innocent little child. I think that the investigators will have the answers we are all waiting for within the next week. The grandmother seems to have some issues, so it doesnt surprise me the daughter inherited this mental illness from her.

    August 8, 2008 at 9:12 pm |
  4. Tony

    poor kid...

    August 8, 2008 at 8:00 pm |
  5. Tony

    Man that women is so lucky if this women was arrested in China man they would have water tortured her so bad they would have found the Kid a long time ago.

    August 8, 2008 at 7:57 pm |
  6. Gina Burger

    Yes we all want to know what happened to this and every missing child, may GOD be holding them all! Law enforcement will solve this soon I hope, I think it is time to arrest both parents for some neglect or not reporting a possible crime then Casey may tell the truth of an accident happening and getting covered up by her. I want to think an accident if the girl is no longer alive.

    August 8, 2008 at 7:19 pm |
  7. LiLi

    It is strange that she had this Zanaida Gonzalez woman's name and the area that she lives in inside her car. I think they should look more closely at this Zanaida and whether she has any connections to anyone that has connections to Casey, friend or foe. I believe that Casey is involved in some sort of an escort service business or something involved with a man and or men and she left her kid with this person that either hurt Caylee or someone that knows this person which could very well be Zanaida and they hurt Caylee for something that Casey did. My last scenario is similiar to the lady that drove her kids into the river over a man and lied about someone else taking them. And I believe this Zanaida knows the guy. I think Casey put the child in harms way but did not physically harm her.

    August 8, 2008 at 6:27 pm |
  8. Grace

    I think Casey has something to do with her daughters death weather it be accidental or on purpose and was trying to cover it up when her mother noticed something was wrong. But her mother is just about as messed up as Casey is it seems like to me. She does not seem to be a distrought grandmother, she just wants attention. Which is not bad because if Caylee is still alive she needs to be found, it just seems like an overwhelming amount of media attention.

    August 8, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  9. Mindy Chatsworth, Ca.

    While I think that this story is puzzling, disturbing, heartbreaking and engrossing, I have to say that I think the excessive coverage is bordering on exploitive. This is not the only missing child in the country. We can all try to be amateur sleuths and detectives, but we will not be able to get to the truth. The only people who can do that are the law enforcement officials who are working diligently on this case.

    Hopefully, one way or another, we will find out what happened to this little girl. Some of the comments on here are really outrageous and abhorrent. We do have a justice system and there are laws and procedures to deal with this type of thing. They don't have the right to beat this woman or torture her. We are not some kind of third world totalitarian state. The authorities will get to the bottom of this. Let them do their work. This young woman's deceit and lies has cost them valuable time and led them running here and there chasing down phony leads. But I have faith that they will determine what happened to this little girl.

    I find this mother's actions positively bizarre and callous. I seriously doubt that this child is still alive. God only knows what happened to her. The whole family is acting strangely. If this young woman is responsible for murdering her young child, then she will get what she deserves. She will not get away with it, that's for sure.

    Meanwhile, I do think we should keep this story in its proper perspective. It's not the only news happening in the world. I would only say that the show should not try to exploit this for higher ratings. Let's not make a bad situation worse.

    August 8, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  10. Keri in Utah

    Why is taking so long for the DNA evidence to come back from the things they are testing from the trunk of Casey's car? And why did the Grandmother wash Casey's pants? That would be the last thing on your mind right before or right after calling the police, wouldn't it?
    And if their is a dead body smell on the trunk, is it from Caylee of someone else????

    Keri in Utah

    August 8, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  11. Jo Anne

    This is a really sad case because no matter how hard they try it is evident that Caylee's mother Casey really doesn't care about her or she would stop lying to the police and tell them what happened to Caylee.

    And by the way how about throwing a spotlight on all the other kids that have gone missing and don't have any avenue like CNN pleading their case.

    August 8, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  12. Jackie

    I have already commented yesterday. But please AC don't give up on this ittle girl. Keep the story alive.

    Let's pray that some good news comes soon!

    August 8, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  13. Merlin

    Why not ask the Child's Father, or the Fathers Parents. Why are they not involved? Casey doesn't seem to care either way, story after story and now she says she will only give information if she is released. Well that in its self tells all about her motherly love, she has none. I am a 23 year old mother of a 2 year old and 3 year old, had one of mine went missing, I would NOT have waited 1 minute before contacting the authorities. I hope this child is alive and well, but no matter the outcome Casey should be in prison for a long time.

    August 8, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  14. KAB

    pump this wench full or truth serum, get the answers, and then put her through whatever little Caylee went through. No sympathy.

    August 8, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  15. Carol Gibaldi

    I'm wondering if she couldn't have "sold" the baby to adoption and is afraid of the punishment. She was out of contact with her family for over a month – what was her income? She had no job. She had to steal galoline from her parents shed....? All of a sudden she's clubbing..that takes money!

    August 8, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  16. Joe

    I'm starting to feel that Marcia may be correct. The mother cannot be prosecuted for murder unless there is a dead body; or irrefutable proof of a homicide. And now this "I know where she is; but you have to let me out of jail first"?
    This mother (I say that with disdain) needs to spend a month in the general prison population of a women's correctional facility with no privileges. This facade of hers will crack very quickly then.

    August 8, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  17. Tina

    Anyone who is halfway educated knows Caylee is more than likely dead. The thing I don't get is, "Why does the FL justice system keep feeding on her behaviors?" I believe there is enough evidence to charge Casey Anthony with the disappearance of her daughter. If this was a man, who also was the last one to be with his daughter and didn't report her missing for over a month, where two different cadaver dogs hit on his car and his daughter’s DNA was found in the trunk of the same car,.... I believe the prosecutor would be singing a different tune.

    Once she is charged, she may decide to talk. If she doesn't?? Well......silence speaks volumes!!!

    August 8, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  18. SP

    I have been following this story since the beginning. And, I am just amazed at how blind you can be as a parent to not see the obvious. Where is the tough love in this family? How about hearing the parents say to Casey "We know that you have harmed her and she is gone and we want to know what you've done with her body!" She deserves better than this! This woman is a wack job! I wish someone would beat the truth out of her! It is just disgusting that any human being can act in the way that she is acting! UGH!!!!!

    August 8, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  19. Don

    While watching the program and listening to Casey's jail house
    conversations, did anyone notice that Casey commented on how
    many people with the name Zenaida Gonzalas there were? How
    would she know that unless she had looked in a phone book.

    August 8, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  20. Molly

    I know the child is dead. I want to be wrong so badly though! We hear these kind of stories everyday, parents or lovers killing a child. How horrible. If this girl is dead I hope the killer goes through a slow painful death and burns in hell!

    Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe Caylee is alive and God is truly watching over her. As a loving parent, this is what I am Praying for.

    August 8, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  21. Gayle Madigan

    I think Caylee died in her home. Whether by accident or murder, a question. I think that is when Casey left with her taking the car and money. While she was away, the body was disposed of so no one could find her and Casey would never be found guilty. She is such a lier that I am sure she found some way to find the name of the so called babysitter and cook up a story that Caylee is with her. It seems to be back firing on Casey now but 5 or 6 weeks gave Casey a lot of time to cook up a story and went home without her daughter and told the wild story that she is with someone. Isn't it funny there are smells of decomposition in the car she used and I am sure she was smart enough that it was going to find evidence of anything went wrong in the house because she and Caylee lived there. The shovel was used for something that is for sure. If she is given immunity another concocted story is going to be told and to find this little girl now is practically impossible because who knows where Casey put her. She is running circles around everyone and the puplic is getting sick of hearing about this mess. Bottom Line–If your child is missing you do everything in your power to help with clues so she can be found. She is stalling and getting more time all the time. That stupid smile on her face in the court–she needs to be slapped in it. She is a pitiful human being and the sad thing is this little girl is gone and Casey will never tell where. Get her off the air and stop all news prodcasting on this story and keep here off the TV and limit her phone calls each day. She is getting a rise out of all the publicicity. She is sitting there watching herself on the TV. Get the TV away from her also. So many people lack a child in their life the this idiot has done something with her child which I think we will never know and she did not deserve her. She'll walk free, you wait & see. GET HER OFF THE TV, SHE LOVES THE PUBLICITY.

    August 8, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  22. Miles

    Andwhy hasn't there been a Amber Alert sent out?? Isnt that common practice for a missing child?? The police must know more than they are giving...

    August 8, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  23. Miles

    This is a tradgic story. In my belief, I think Casey came home with Caylee when no one was there and let Caylee play while she searched the house for any kind of money(credit card). I believe Caylee got in the pool and drowned. Cause as we remember the ladder was always put up, but on that day was back in the pool. I believe Casey panicked and put little Caylee in the car trunk, packed a bag of clothes to disappear for a bit, to find a way to hide this. Went to the neighbor and borrowed his shovel to break the lock on the shed to get the gas. As horrible as it sounds, I think she was going to use the gas to get rid of her daughters remains. Casey took off and probably didnt know what to do with Caylee, and she stayed in the car trunk for a couple of days, causing the smell of death, till Casey figured out what to do. After whatever she did with her daughter, she abandoned the car. Casey took a month to figure out a story, hasnt fully figured it out when she got caught and thats why lies continue to come from her. If she did die in the pool, wouldnt Casey of tried to pull Caylee from the pool and lay her on the ground trying to revive her? Thats why the dogs hit on the back yard? And maybe Casey was wearing the grey pants, that may have been wet from getting Caylee from the pool and removed them and put them in the trunk?

    More questions.. Were the gas cans empty?? Why did the grandfather report gas cans stolen and not his daughter and grandaughter? And maybe Casey knows the people from the apartments and got the name from them to use. I mean that first name is not common enough to make up, and this lady lives in the area! And she has no job! Is she in on it? Did Casey offer her money??Have they searched her home? Hmmm..Casey is not seeing her family cause they are giving evidence that Casey dont want found!! I hope I am wrong and I hope Caylee is found safe and will be home for her 3rd birthday..

    August 8, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  24. Michael

    Some of you may be to young to remember the group, " The Capenters " late 60's early 70.s however there is one song that comes to mind when I hear about cases like this. The song is called " Bless the beast's and the children " in the song these words are uttered " They have no voice they have no choice. " It is up to every single American to insure that We The People, as a lawlful Nation. do everything within our power to help those, like Caylee who has no voice where ever she may be . God Bless. Michael

    August 8, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  25. Ashley h

    Who knows what happened to Caylee.Shes been missing for a couple of months.If the mom knows something she should tell the authoritites,not annoy them,and give them no information.She had to have been invovled in her dissapearance.Looks like we'll have to wait until the DNA test comes back.I hope she's alive.

    August 8, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  26. Rose

    Casey has done something with this little girl and it's not going to be that a babysitter has her. All of the evidence thus far is pointing to a possible murder or accidental. She needs to tell the truth and stop being so ignorant and know that the truth will prevail. If the grandmother was so concerned she would not have done some of the things she did, such as the washing of the pants. That was evidence. And I am sure she knew better. I pray for all the family because this is not going to be a good ending. How could Casey live with herself she must confess. I don't believe a word she says anymore, not that I ever did. She needs to be charged with some preliminary charges, maybe false reporting, tampering with evidence, and so on and so on. I feel young women today are having children without any thought of how they will raise the child. You have to become a responsible parent, your child needs your love and constant supervision and care. You CANT PARTY ALL THE TIME. God gives you this beautiful life and somehow you destroy their dreams so that yours can become fullfilled. That's not a good parent . Get your life together Casey, because the storm is about to hit you real fast. Just tell the whole truth now. I believe the grandmother knows something more about this but not the whole truth. GOD BLESS LITTLE CAYLEE, WE LOVE YOU BABY GIRL. Rose -Arizona

    August 8, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  27. MJ

    How could she(casey) let her child (caylee) go missing for so long without saying anything to her mother, brother, father and whomever else? I would be beside myself if my child disappeared.
    At times I wonder if Caseys real mother is covering up for her in some way(not the missing of her granddaughter but her daughters "known" behavior and obviously "mental Illness" because she knows what she's like, you do not just become like this overnight?
    Its pretty obvious she killed her. What goes around comes around they'll nail her eventually.

    August 8, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  28. Susan

    This is a strong example of why birth control needs to be taught in schools and easily available to teenagers. If such a girl gets pregnant, a family like hers will probably convince her to keep it and will think that their young, irresponsible daughter will become a good mother. Not so. This young lady obviously did not want a baby and has likely pushed it out of her way via killing the sweet little girl or selling her (has anyone checked her bank accounts?) so she can go party in clubs. LIke Scott Peterson, a child was simply an inconvenience. We need to encourage such people, who do not want children, to make choices in their lives so that they don't have them.

    August 8, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  29. Pauly C

    Regarding Casey / Caylee Anthony: Did Casey Anthony have a desire to be famous? From the beginning, I have seen this case as the new "Boy down the well, who's really behind the barn" story. Casey is attractive. I see Caylee reappearing on her birthday (Sat), Casey removed from jail to reunite, and then a series of lawsuits against the sheriffs dept, the news organizations, then ending with a round of visits to the talk shows, a TV movie of the week, a book deal, and a million-dollar deal to pose naked in a magazine. Casey's actions seem to point towards a well-executed plan. Her phone calls with her family, and her smirky smile in court said it all.

    August 8, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  30. Tanya - South Dakota

    As a mother of 3 how could you just sit there and not tell the truth if you know what it is. If she is close then where is she. If one of my children became missing I would not wait to contact the authorities. I also would not just sit and know the truth and not say something. I hope in my heart she did not harm the child. Why haven't they had her evaluated by a psychologist? I hope at some point her maternal instincts come back and she tells the truth. Not just for her but for her family and Caylee.

    August 8, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  31. Kai

    I have been following this story, its so sad and it makes me ill. It makes me wonder a few things...llike, did she sell Caylee? And where is Caylee's father? If he is around ... does he have something to do with her dissappearance?

    I sincerly hope that Caylee is alive and well, but as more time passes it gets more and miore unsure. I hope you find her soon.


    August 8, 2008 at 1:58 pm |
  32. Darlene Payne

    Is it possible that her mother left her in the car while she partied and came back to find her having passed away from the heat..which could be the reason for the odor ???have they checked the area's around the nightclubs she was at after she states she went missing?? or even before that date??...she possibly panicked and thus the reasons for the lies..this is so very heartsaddening to know a mother knows the answer but will not give her daughter the respect she needs and deserves..tell the police what happened you are already in trouble...but do it for Caylee ..

    August 8, 2008 at 1:51 pm |
  33. LaTonya

    I cannot believe that some of you all are adults on here. How can you say this is not news! This is NEWS.. What if it was your babygirl? I am a mother of two boys, and if one was missing I would want it to be global think before you speak. One day we could be blogging about you.

    August 8, 2008 at 1:50 pm |
  34. Chris

    Have all the trunks of the cars on and around the property been searched ?

    August 8, 2008 at 1:49 pm |
  35. Nicole

    I agree the mother's behavior is odd. I really dont understand why it took so long for anyone in her family to realize that something was going on. Also where is the dad of the child??

    I also agree with a comment mentioned earlier about throwing the book at the mom, shaken her up with a murder charge. She's trying to get out...making believe she's not leaving until she says something would have her thinking.

    Overall, my prayers are with the little gir, I feel for the family but mostly I feel for the girl. Let's have faith that she will come home.

    It sad how some parents dont realize the most beautiful gift they recieved by having a child...while there are thousands that would pay just to experience that joy. What have this world come to.

    August 8, 2008 at 9:16 am |
  36. Sister Ginger

    As much as I would like to believe this child is still alive and the mother is telling the truth, but how many mothers with a missing child would report their child missing 6 days later or refuse to help with the investigation? Unless they had something to do with the disapperence of the child, I believe that full cooperation from the parent(s) would be implemented, with out question.

    There is no way in heaven or on earth I would allow something to happen to my child and not do all I could to rectify the situation.

    I pray that God will reveal what has happen to this angel, lets all pray for her safe return to humanity alive.

    August 8, 2008 at 8:45 am |
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