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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
Copyright 2015 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.