A utility worker tried three times in August to alert law enforcement to a strange gray bag on the side of the road near Caylee Anthony’s home in Orlando, the city’s Sentinel reports. Three times, deputy sheriffs checked the tips with no results. When curiosity led the same utility worker back to the spot last week, he found the remains of a child–believed to be that of the missing toddler. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office is trying to figure out what happened four months ago and how its deputies handled the calls. The tipster, who has not been publicly identified, is not considered a suspect and has been cooperating with deputies, officials said.
Authorities have yet to identify the remains — found scattered over an acre of thick woods — but many suspect they belong to Caylee, the 2-year-old who was reported missing in mid-July. Caylee’s mother, 22-year-old Casey Anthony, was indicted in October on first-degree murder and other charges. She claims not to have seen the child since handing her over to a baby sitter in mid-June. A sheriff’s official said the meter reader called police on Aug. 11, 12 and 13.