SHERIFF: "Clues" Link Remains To Caylee Anthony's Home

A Florida sheriff says there are "clues" linking a child's remains found Thursday to the home of missing 3-year-old Caylee Anthony.

Appearing on NBC's "Today" show, Orange County Sheriff Kevin Beary would not elaborate on what the clues were. But he said investigators searched the home early this morning after the medical examiner found the evidence.

The remains were discovered on a wooded lot less than a half-mile from the house where the little girl lived with her grandparents and her mother.

Casey Anthony was charged with first-degree murder in October, even though the toddler's body hadn't yet been found. She insists that she left her daughter with a babysitter in June, though she didn't report her missing until July.

Beary says investigators and the FBI will work around the clock and through the weekend to identify the remains. The sheriff says he has a "gut" feeling that they belong to Caylee but needs to wait for the DNA analysis to be sure.

There are no similar missing-child cases in the area.

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Authorities in central Florida say they have their work cut out for them after discovering the remains of a child about half a mile from where missing 3-year-old Caylee Anthony lived.

The girl's mother, Casey, is in jail on first-degree murder charges.

Experts say prosecutors have an uphill climb in their case against Casey Anthony without a body. But, if the remains turn out to be her daughter's, a former U.S. attorney says the burden shifts to the defense.

Casey Anthony insists she left the girl with a baby sitter in June, but she didn't report her missing until July.

So far nothing suggests the remains are Caylee's other than the location. Investigators plan to work around the clock this weekend to make an ID.

Officials are also seeking yet another search warrant for the home where Caylee and her mother lived to look for more clues.

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Authorities say they are seeking a search warrant for the Orlando home of a missing 3-year-old girl after a small child's remains were found nearby.

Orange County sheriff's spokesman Carlos Padilla said Thursday that investigators cordoned off the home belonging to the grandparents of Caylee Anthony, who often stayed at the home with her mother.

Caylee's mother, 22-year-old Casey Anthony, insists that she left the girl with a baby sitter in June, but she didn't report her missing until July. The mother has been charged with first-degree murder.

On Thursday, a utility worker stumbled upon remains of a small child less than a half-mile from where the girl lived.

Investigators were trying to identify the remains. The medical examiner left with the remains about 3 p.m.

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The FBI and forensic investigators are examining what officials describe as the skeletal remains of a small child.

They were found this morning in a woods less than a half-mile from the Orlando, Florida, home of missing 3-year-old Caylee Anthony.

The Orange County Sheriff's office says a utility worker discovered the remains this morning, but they can't say whether they might be those of the toddler.

Caylee's mother, Casey Anthony, has been charged with first-degree murder in the case. She insists she left the girl with a babysitter in June, but didn't report her missing until July.

A sheriff's spokesman says officials have told Caylee's grandparents about the find.

Her defense attorney tells the Orlando Sentinel he hopes the discovery is no related to their case. He says, "If it is, it is a sad day."

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Sheriff's deputies say the skeletal remains of a small child have been found near the Orlando, Florida home of a missing 3-year-old girl.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office says a utility worker found the body early Thursday, about a half mile from the home of Caylee Anthony's grandparents.

There is nothing that immediately indicates that the bones belong to Caylee Anthony, whose mother Casey Anthony has been charged with murder.

Casey Anthony insists that she left the girl with a baby sitter in June, but did not report her missing until July.

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  • by JVILLE GIRL Location: NC on Dec 13, 2008 at 12:11 PM
  • by Enough Already on Dec 13, 2008 at 06:32 AM
    The "beautiful child" is dead, period. The mother may or may not be guilty. We don't know that, except in the public opinion court and by "The Wicked Witch" Nancy Grace. Let's move on.
  • by mrssanch Location: Washington on Dec 13, 2008 at 03:45 AM
    If in fact Casey Anthony did kill her daughter, she will not last long in prison. Does anyone know how many women in prison with her will have such a resentment towards Casey for her wrong doings. Many of these women have children of their own and can not see their children. They will make Casey's life in prison a living hell. Look what happened to Jeffery Dalmer.
  • by jose Location: hamilton on Dec 12, 2008 at 07:20 PM
    May Caylee rest in peace and condolences go out to the family
  • by me Location: nnc on Dec 12, 2008 at 05:24 PM
    ok > point being a beautiful child is dead ,and may the one who is respnseible be held accountable.. and btw NANCEY GRACE speaks the truth. sorry haters
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Dec 12, 2008 at 01:20 PM
    Either some of you are genuinely good hearted people or very naive. I don't need skeletal remains or a confession to know Casey Anthony is guilty.... I only need to be a mother that loves her children. When my kids were three years old and lets just say I was in Walmart...if I turned around and didn't see them I would go ballistic. I would be calling their name frantically. Once I found them...they went in the cart..were they stayed. As a mother...if your child goes missing in one don't wait and report it THE NEXT MONTH!!!! You report it that same day, and you get out and look until you drop from lack of sleep, lack of food, or nervous break-down...whatever takes you out first. Pets go missing and people don't wait a month to report it. I'm not trying to change any one's mind...but if I go missing...I hope my family doesn't wait a month to report it!
  • by still molding Location: nc on Dec 12, 2008 at 12:43 PM
    I am a true believer that life experiences mold us into who and what we are and think. Just like Walsh, his unbelievable tragic and violent loss of a child has molded him into what he is today. I believe that he is a justice seeker and just like Nancy Grace, who has probably seen so much incriminating evidence in 1000's of cases and watched the guilty get light sentences if any at all is also a justice seeker. Until I have to, God forbid, walk in their shoes I WILL NOT judge them for what they do but I truly believe they are still seeking justice for victims. And because it is too late for Walsh to help his son, he will try to help other parents' sons and daughters. I say God Bless the justice seekers in this world!
  • by Blake Location: Greenville on Dec 12, 2008 at 12:29 PM
    I've kept up with this story pretty well since it started. I can't say for sure but ALL signs point to the mother. I understnad that having a child "interferes" with a social life and is hard to do but if YOU have a child then that child then becomes YOUR responsibility. It probably happens FAR more than we think it does. Sad thing is she seems to have absolutely NO remorse or any type of care about the situation. She needs to spend the rest of her life in prison or receive the same penalty her daughter received, and I'm sure everyone knows what that is, if that is truly her remains and if she was the true cause of the terrible situation. Even if not WHY would you lie about SOOOO much and for SOOOO long. It's just sad how people handle things in society today.
  • by Concerned on Dec 12, 2008 at 11:20 AM
    Kyle-I completely agree with you.
  • by Kyle Location: Williamston on Dec 12, 2008 at 10:35 AM
    If y'all read my statment I said "not knowning all the facts even though it doesn't look good for her." But in your minds you guys have already convicted sentenced her to die. Please don't misunderstand me.... She should die if she's guilty... but you guys like me, only know what the media feeds you. I don't want to assume she purposely killed her daughter without knowing the facts.

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