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. Pryce

    Sadly, I feel that the child is a victim of foal play. And sadly, it is my feeling that her mother is responsible. She does not act as though finding her child is of upper most importance to her. When a mother behaves so, one must conclude that she is responsible either overtly or otherwise. She seems totally devoid of sympathy for her own child. I think she is actually enjoying the attention that she is receiving. I'm afraid that if the child is ever found, she will not be alive. My heart goes out to the baby and the grandparents. The grandparents appear to be in denial.

    Holding both the child and the family in prayerful thought.

    August 8, 2008 at 8:12 am |
  2. jim in ga

    I have a strong suspicion that Caylee's mother, being as irresponsible and hedonistic as she seems, most probably left the toddler inside her mothers car, in the hot daytime, while she partied .  When she returned, she found the child dead from heat prostration.  Then in a panic she hid the body in the trunk until she could bury it (thereby getting some body fluids and odors imbedded in the carpeting in the trunk).  I believe that the child is dead from the accidental but neglectful actions of her mother.  Her grandmother feels this is true and now wants to protect her daughter so as not to lose both (one from death and the other from an extended prison sentence).
    Caylee's mom is a pathological liar and when such a person fabricates a lie, they truly and absolutely believe it to be the truth.
    They would die before confessing. I believe the DNA evidence
    will incriminate the baby's mother.

    August 8, 2008 at 6:27 am |
  3. Jackie

    The mother and grandparents are so cold.
    It's shocking or they, the Grandparents are in shock.

    Where are the tears? The look of sleepless nights? The grandmother looks more calm then I do. And I am a stranger in another State.
    I pray there is an outcome.

    I don't think the world can take another Ramsey or Maddie case.

    Prayer are with the Police in this case

    August 8, 2008 at 6:11 am |
  4. angela

    I just started following this case a few days ago and as has been said by many others, it couldn't get more bizarre. Any reporter who spends more than six minutes with Cindy Anthony is probably as crazy as SHE is –

    August 8, 2008 at 6:07 am |
  5. Megan Dresslar

    I agree with bloggers,
    I thought so, I knew that she lied too much to people, police including her family............. I hope Caylee will be found or be safe, I felt that Caylee will miss her family right now. Again, I agree with Anderson Cooper talked to Lisa Bloom, I also agree with Lisa Bloom on AC360 saying that Casey lied about babysitting, co-workers and family. I don't know why she did do that to her own daughter????? I am thinking she will stay in jail now....
    Megan D.
    Shoreline, Wa

    August 8, 2008 at 4:50 am |
  6. Kim

    I believe that Caylee is dead. The family is protecting Casey until they can't any longer. They have already lost a grand daughter and can't bare to lose their daughter too. It seems unreal to them and they can't get pass the denial because it hurts to much to take that next step into reality. I believe with all the evidence beginning to pile up, the family will break , then Casey may too final give up the fight and tell the TRUTH.

    August 8, 2008 at 4:28 am |
  7. blackballpen

    I saw this story for the first time this morning, it reminds me of the Mccan (Madalaine) baby which got lost in Portugal. The case is still unsolved. Hopefully Caylees disappearance will not drag on for so long. What I dont understand is the slow investigation process by the police after the grandmother of the child confessed to have smelt an odour of a decomposing body in her car. And the childs mother has told too many lies, how about a polygraph(lie detector) test?

    August 8, 2008 at 4:12 am |
  8. Ashton

    It is very sad and border line embarassing to see the grandparents act so naive. I know they want to believe their daughter is telling the truth and their grand daughter is alive, but it's easy to see the woman is just flat out crazy. That poor little girl is most likely dead, and I think most people are aware of this. Not to mention the state of Florida is not typicaly known for recovering children alive!

    August 8, 2008 at 3:28 am |
  9. Lori Kennedy

    I don't believe a single word this woman CASEY has said about her missing child !
    I think it is ironic that when her parents leave state this beautiful child disappears WITOUT a trace ! This is a clear case of a young mother wanting to lead a YOUNG life stye without a child involved.

    I also feel like the grandma also needs to be questioned more.
    She clearly covers up for her daughter, yet I believe her intentions are good re: her grandchild.
    She is caught in the middle of it all !!!

    On the flip to it all, the so called NANNY needs a lie detector test submitted ASAP before she flees state !
    I do feel that this child has been sold or dead , i'm sad to think of either !
    I also find it extreamly strange that the mom gives the NANNY's name and location it's NOT just a fluke, someone knows something in connection with all of this !
    I hope we find this child soon to give her a decent resting spot !
    My prayors are for the child @ this point NOT the family !!!

    August 8, 2008 at 3:08 am |
  10. Shane

    With regards to the smell of death in the car. I'm surprised that the local police have not used a cadaver dog to confirm the presence of 'Decomposition'. I have managed the search operations for an excess of eighty missing person cases; including several missing/abducted children (and have some experience in the field).

    I have seen cadaver dogs brought in and successfully used to confirm that a death/body had been/occured in a house or car before being moved. Have a cadaver trained dog check out the car would be no different then using a drug detection dog to search a car.

    August 8, 2008 at 2:54 am |
  11. Jason Williamson

    What we cant seem to figure out from our end is "WHY HAVEN"T AUTHORITIES EMPTIED THE POOL TO CHECK UNDERNEATH IT"? She allegedly borrowed a shovel but investigators could not find any freshly turned soil. Did anyone check under the above ground pool? At least now the so called "BABY SITTER" has turned up and has been cleared. The focus needes to be on childs Mother and the fact that maybe she better and "acting" than those closest to her are willing to admit. GRANDMOTHER is definitely a person of interest......... Just my opinion, jwill (911 call says it all)

    August 8, 2008 at 2:15 am |
  12. bellybuster

    I think that Casey is a drug addict and that is why she stills gas and money from her parents. I would think that she sold the child for money, she is so desperate. However since the car smelled of a dead body, she probably left the child in a hot car while partying and forgot her, only to come back to a dead child and has tried to cover up her fatal mistake. She is a lunatic.

    August 8, 2008 at 2:04 am |
  13. John

    clearly Caylee's mother is mentally ill. Given her habit of lying, we should not expect her to tell us where her daughter is, if she knows. Nor can we can not expect her to make rational decisions or actions. Anderson would better serve the public by interviewing CNN's team of psychologists like Dr. Phil. Having judgemental prosecuter types villifying Caylee's mom is not helping the situation and is not healthy for our society.

    August 8, 2008 at 2:00 am |
  14. Megan Klemm

    I hope that Caylee is ok, but I fear the worst. Casey doesn't seem to have anything in order, her thoughts, her actions, etc. I'm curious if she lies compulsively, and if she's done it for years? That would make me think that she is an attention seeker, and perhaps enjoying the circus she is now apart of. Her child's safety should be first on her mind, so if the child is safe she should say so. I hope that Caylee is alive, but I hope her mother gets help before Caylee is ever returned to her. Something just doesn't seem right with Casey, although how can you ever really know the whole story?

    Thanks for the coverage AC360, its nice to see that the community is searching and hopefully this will turn out ok.

    August 8, 2008 at 1:56 am |
  15. James Braden

    What if the little girl had climb into the trunk and it closed and locked. Later her mother finds her dead. Being a habituial lier, one would suspect that it comes from a self protection action from her past where she could not deal with the criticism that came to her when she got caught lying. She also would know of what happens to parents who leave the child in a hot locked car and the child dies. I believe she has burried her somewhere and believes that the girl is in a better place with God. But she does not want to go to prison and therefor has tried lying again.

    August 8, 2008 at 1:49 am |
  16. robin wicks

    i think casey killed her daughter, tried to bury her and then burned her body. nothing but ashes,no evidence, and somehow casey's mother is involved, especially since she said she smelled a dead body in the trunk of her daughters car, then took and washed the pants. hello,evidence. casey's mom somehow is covering up something. my opinion

    August 8, 2008 at 1:28 am |
  17. cloaknbadger

    Just from the details that have come out so far via the media I'd guess there was some sort of accidental death of Caylee involving the mother causing her to freak out and set these bizare events into motion.

    ...of course I would be thrilled to be mistaken and have her found alive and well somewhere.

    August 8, 2008 at 1:00 am |
  18. TL

    Unfortunately, I think Caylee is deceased and I have varying opinions on who and how it may have happened. Perhaps Casey or the grandparents "accidentally" struck/shook the child during a moment of anger (No, I'm not giving a free pass), panicked, and disposed of her body, enlisting help from other family members.

    Or, Casey could have left Caylee in the car while she went into a store/home/establishment on a hot summer day in Florida and the child died of heat exhaustion. When she returned, she placed the body in the trunk, disposing of it later with or without help.

    Lastly, could the child have been sold into kiddie porn or even pimped out for "a few days" with a promised return date only to have something go wrong and the child expire? Same body disposal scenario.

    I would like to offer my solution to get Casey to talk (yes, I know Civil Liberties, blah, blah, but what about the child's Civil Liberties?): Stop ALL visits to Casey and put her in solitary confinement, making both conditions indefinite. Somehow I think the pampered princess would quickly rethink her position on telling the truth . Remember, if this wonderful child is alive, the more time that passes the less chance there is of finding her.

    August 8, 2008 at 12:29 am |
  19. mary

    I'm afraid that Caylee is dead, why else would she tell all these lies.
    Casey's parents are trying to believe her because the alternative is not acceptable. These are good people that loved their daughter and granddaughter, and what their daughter has thrown them into is something out of a horror story. I'm sure that they have known for years
    that Casey is a compulsive liar and tried to change her but never got
    her professional help, and now its come to this. I wonder if some of
    Casey's lies she has picked up from the little girl that went missing
    from England when the parents were on holidays with the kids. But
    how about the grandparents charge card that Casey ran up to a huge
    amount of money, wouldn't that tell the police where Casey was during
    that time that Caylee was missing. I hope this child is found soon.

    August 8, 2008 at 12:12 am |
  20. Doug

    Why is this national news? The details of this families personal tragedy are at best a local news story. CNN's coverage of this voyeuristic media feeding frenzy is a disgrace to journalism. All of this analysis and speculation is a crass attempt to turn a local tragedy into a ratings sensation. Infotainment at it's worst.

    August 8, 2008 at 12:05 am |
  21. Deigon Kubat

    To Barbara Brooks, the father died about a year ago. His side of the family, from what's been reported by the grandparent's of Caylee, have never been involved in Caylee's life. That is, if they are to be believed.

    August 8, 2008 at 12:04 am |
  22. Anthony Eggleston Washburn MO,

    I think that somebody has Caylee and if Casey talks they have threatened to hurt her daughter...that makes so much sense that she is afraid to talk. That is why she said she would talk to the FBI but not the LOCAL police who have already let her down. AND i think the MEDIA , which i know is only trying to help, makes things worse on accident by airing things like her saying she will talk to the fbi but not the police because if my theory is true and caylee has been kidnapped in some sort of drug deal or something then they are watching every thing that comes on tv and on the internet about this disappearance....i think caylee is still alive right now but her life is on the line here and if her mom screws up they might kill her and that could be why she's not cooperating.....she NEEDS to cooperate as long as she knows that the media won't know she is doing it so that they won't tell the kidnappers, if my theory is true of course.

    August 8, 2008 at 12:01 am |
  23. Mary

    Cindy Has Got to be the dumdest person on earth!!! I Blame her!!!
    She Spoiled HER Daughter. She Never Taught Her to be Responsible. Cindy is to Blame!!! Cindy is Dumber than a creek
    rock!!! If Her Grand daughjter is dead its her fault. She pampered her Daughter, Her sweet little cheer leader.

    August 8, 2008 at 12:00 am |
  24. Deigon Kubat

    Marcia, I think you may very well be right.

    August 7, 2008 at 11:56 pm |
  25. Monett Zenab El-Ayoubi

    How many "breakthroughs" in this case have to happen before they charge this stupid self-centered woman with the murder of her child.
    Anyone who thinks that this story is going to have a happy ending is as deluded as Casey's family.

    August 7, 2008 at 11:54 pm |
  26. Aileen

    Why is this story being given so much time on AC360? This is not what we watch this for. As tragic as it is, it belongs on a tabloid show. AC360 is really going to lose viewers in droves.

    August 7, 2008 at 11:52 pm |
  27. Cynthia Jannette

    In all of the coverage I have heard and seen on Little Caylee, there is never any question raised about Caylee's father.
    Everyone keeps pointing the finger at the mother who obviously is a pathalogical liar, but even she has never brought up the father, doesn't this point to something?

    August 7, 2008 at 11:52 pm |
  28. Teresa

    PS: per jannas comment

    Janna August 7th, 2008 11:13 pm ET
    Actually, I’m very surprised to hear the willingness of the majority of the 360 blog posters to jump to the worst conclusions. As I mentioned on the live blog, to all of you who are saying Casey is horrible for being calm and is guilty because of all the lies, I hope you never end up on an important jury. An open mind is a fair one.
    Is she calm because she knows her daughter is safe and with someone she trusts? Does she want her daughter to stay where she is for that reason?
    Is she lying to cover up something unrelated? something she (with or w/o Caylee) accidentally stumbled upon?
    I’m playing devil’s advocate because I’d love to believe that the sweet child is alive and well cared for. Until there is real evidence, anything is possible! Speculation is a waste
    How open-minded can you be when all they do is lie I mean they are out-right lies

    August 7, 2008 at 11:49 pm |
  29. Deigon Kubat

    I think the mother killed her. Why all the lies? If she knows where her daughter is, why not tell the authorites? People who are trained to handle situations, like a child being in danger. If the mother is to be believed. How could anybody in their right mind believe this individual who has consistently lied. She isn't protecting her daughter, she's protecting herself. Casey Anthony is a waste of humanity.

    August 7, 2008 at 11:49 pm |
  30. Mary

    The Whole Family is sick! The Grandmother is to me is worse
    than her daughter!!!! The daughter is product of her parents!!!
    Hey Grandma , does someone have to hit you in the head!!! Your Daughter KILLED YOUR Grandughter!!!!

    August 7, 2008 at 11:45 pm |
  31. JC- Los Angeles

    Unfortunately, I'm afraid this beautiful child is no longer with us; so many leaders, politicians, executives and everyday people like Casey Anthony have adopted the position of a lying, cheating, conniving, manic, demented, sociopathic citizen.

    The list of horrid, lying, role models is endless; people today lie so much that it appears to become part of their vernacular and DNA.

    They even start to categorize lies, ones that will be accepted without a second thought and those that push the limits of absurdity and hilarity.

    Personally, I call everyone out because I'm not absurd; I would suggest the police do the same with Ms. Anthony.

    Enough is enough; doesn't Caylee deserve better.

    August 7, 2008 at 11:41 pm |
  32. Daniel

    You know what – these people should be charged for using taxpayer dollars. This is no different than someone calling 911 a hundred times a week. They know where she is, but they are rellishing the spotlight. They are preying upon our collective weakness, and profitting off this poor young girl. I just wish the people who are soaking this story up were a little smarter than they are.

    August 7, 2008 at 11:30 pm |
  33. LaTonya

    Janna! We live in America where parents kill their kids everyday it is really hard to see the light at the end of this tunnel although we all hope it is.

    August 7, 2008 at 11:30 pm |
  34. Jolene

    This case is a mindboggling. If Caylee is alive and "close" as her mother says, you would think there would be sightings with all the press and media attention. I can't imagine why Casey would be threatened unless she got involved in something illegal. The bad smell in the trunk makes me think that something went awry. I can only hope the additional evidence ceased by the police provide better clues and the results of the DNA get announced soon.

    Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    August 7, 2008 at 11:28 pm |
  35. LaTonya

    I am truly sadden by this how can anyone say as a mother they will do anything for their child but not do what they have to do to bring her home. Better yet let her be put to rest the right way if needed.

    August 7, 2008 at 11:28 pm |
  36. kay, Huntsville, AL

    I am sorry if my comments were a little uncouth that I submitted a few minutes ago. I am just upset because I believe the little girl is probably dead and at least one of her family members knows the truth.

    August 7, 2008 at 11:25 pm |
  37. Anne

    Where is Caylee's father.......heard no mention of him or his parents.

    August 7, 2008 at 11:19 pm |
  38. Janna

    Actually, I'm very surprised to hear the willingness of the majority of the 360 blog posters to jump to the worst conclusions. As I mentioned on the live blog, to all of you who are saying Casey is horrible for being calm and is guilty because of all the lies, I hope you never end up on an important jury. An open mind is a fair one.
    Is she calm because she knows her daughter is safe and with someone she trusts? Does she want her daughter to stay where she is for that reason?
    Is she lying to cover up something unrelated? something she (with or w/o Caylee) accidentally stumbled upon?
    I'm playing devil's advocate because I'd love to believe that the sweet child is alive and well cared for. Until there is real evidence, anything is possible! Speculation is a waste

    August 7, 2008 at 11:13 pm |
  39. Tammy, Berwick, LA

    I keep watching this story unfold, and it just gets more strange. The baby's mom sounds like she's certifiable, the family and friends (especially the grandparents and one Anderson interviewed again tonight) sound like they are in total denial, and I hate to say it, but if that baby girl is alive it really would surprise me. I think that Casey killed her. I think she wasn't this "perfect" mom, but a pathological nut job (not the correct diagnostic term but you get the idea). I think she manipulated and continues to manipulate her relatives and friends into believing her story. As humans we believe what we want about those we love. It protects us from the pain of reality. This case is just so sad for those involved on so many levels. The worst of it is that until someone breaks Casey down into confessing reality instead of the delusions it sounds like she's spreading or the evidence speaks for itself and shows truth, this case may unfortunately never be solved. That poor little girl. That's the worst of it all.

    August 7, 2008 at 11:13 pm |
  40. Rogers

    First and foremost I think the mother needs a psych evaluation. Maybe this could be the first step to her "get out of jail (not free) card," which should then lead to a "day in the life of" this so called mother. I would be willing to bet sufficient enough evidence could be found during just these two actions. However, upon failure to find little Caylee, the "mother" should be thrown back in jail for contributing to the growing number of "mothers" who feel the need to harm thier children.

    August 7, 2008 at 11:10 pm |
  41. Annie Kate

    With all the lies and how much time has gone by, I'm afraid Caylee is close – close in a shallowly dug grave in a field or a forest. I sincerely hope I am wrong and that the child is ok.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    August 7, 2008 at 11:10 pm |
  42. Cindy

    Unfortunately I feel that Caylee is dead. Casey has lied way too much and is acting way too strange not to know what happened to her.


    August 7, 2008 at 11:06 pm |
  43. Barbara Brooks

    Where is Caylee's Father and her grandparents on the fathers side.
    I have been following this case and it's highly suspicious. No mention of the father.
    Is it posible that the father has the child?

    August 7, 2008 at 11:01 pm |
  44. Aaron

    Did Caylee grandparents have a new driveway put in recently? If that story is true, could the 2-yr child be 'nearby', buried under the driveway?

    August 7, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  45. Tim

    This girl's disappearance is a tragedy but at what point does this coverage cross the line from being an extensive amber alert to a blatant attempt to make people tune in for voyeuristic thrills?

    August 7, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  46. C. Ray Wiseman

    I am very confused about this entire story... I have been working from Atlanta this week with CNN playing most of the day - thinking I am missing something... The entire family seems somewhat evasive to me. Has this lady killed her child? Is the whole family involved in this? I am so confused. If the child is alive, why isn’t anyone just saying where she is? I am perplexed at the cat and mouse game being played with the mother…Why not charge the mother with murder to get her to talk - if there is any hope of finding this little girl alive?

    August 7, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  47. marcia

    Do you think she sold the child?

    August 7, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  48. tammi vancouver bc canada

    hey there randi as a mother of 3 and grandmother of
    a 2 & half year old i would do everything in my power
    to find my missing kids. she has lied about everything
    i have a feeling she has done somehing bad to caylee
    how could a mother or any one for that matter hurt a child.

    August 7, 2008 at 10:44 pm |
  49. Genevieve M, TX

    I prefer to be optimistic that Caylee is still alive and will be found....unless there is evidence that proves otherwise.

    I do agree that her mother's behavior is very suspicious. Also, it's becoming more and more obvious that she (the mother) is barely capable of taking care of herself, much less a child.

    August 7, 2008 at 10:35 pm |
  50. sean davidson

    How many 'previews' of this horrific story can you run?? Just run the story or don't!!! Quit showing previews 4 times before it comes on...you only have an hour show!!! Come on, I thought you guys were better than this!

    August 7, 2008 at 10:32 pm |
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