Caylee Anthony Case: Utility Worker Who Found Skeletal Remains Also Provided Tips About Same Site in August 2008
As if the case of missing Caylee Anthony need to get any more bizarre.
This afternoon in a press conference, Orange County police, provided the following information that the meter reader who discovered the plastic bag containing the skull and skeletal remains of a child also called in tips to the Crimeline tip line to report that a gray bag was on the the “right side of the road” near Hopespring and Suburban drives. It is also being reported that a significant amount more of skeletal remains were discovered Thursday.
Photos released by Orlando Sheriff’s Office
The tipster did not speak to a deputy at the scene, according to sheriff’s spokesman Angelo Nieves. The deputy, who was not named, responded to the area and cleared it.
Meter reader called same tip to hotline three times in August.
As fate would have it, the skeletal remains of a child were located 1/2 mile away from the Anthony home as the 911 call said at Chickasaw Trail and Suburban Dr. It appears now that the utility worker went back to the area that he called in a tip to check for himself, according to police. It had been nagging the meter reader so he felt the need to check it out for himself.
Crime Scene with evidence flagged
Capt. Angelo Nieves stated that the utility worker who came upon the plastic bag containing what is presumed to be the remains of Caylee Anthony has called in three times in August about the possibility he’d found something in that area. Nieves made it a point to say that the utility worker was a credible witness and not a suspect.
Nieves also said the utility worker, who led them to the remains after finding a child’s skull a week ago, had called dispatchers three times in August about the possibility he’d found something in that area, on August 11, 12, and 13. Nieves said at least one deputy was sent to the scene and investigators are now investigating that yet-to-be-identified deputy, talking to dispatchers who took the calls and interviewing the utility worker.
Nieves said the man likely came back to the scene last Thursday because it had been nagging him.
“He is not a suspect in this case,” Nieves said early Thursday evening. “He is a credible witness and we consider him so at the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.”
According to Nieves, following the tip back in August the area was searched; however, it is still being investigated as to how the tip reports were handled.
The sheriff’s spokesman also made a surprise announcement that the utility worker who reported finding the remains last week also made calls to authorities on three days in August. It was not immediately known what he reported.
Nieves said his agency was investigating how those reports were handled. Nieves said a deputy was sent to the scene in August to follow up on the tip.
The Orlando Sentinel: Sheriff’s office: More remains found; first tip about site came in August
WFTV: Tipster Who Found Remains Called In Tip 3 Times In August
ABC News: Caylee Case Twist: Mysterious Tipster and More ‘Significant Skeletal Remains’; Man Who Found Presumed Remains of Caylee Anthony Told Police About Area in August
CNN: Man who found skull in Caylee case sent police tips months ago
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