Caylee’s mother, Casey Anthony, 22, claims she dropped her daughter off with a babysitter that watched Caylee now and then that she identified as Zenaida Gonzalez on June 9 but when she returned that afternoon to pick the child up no one was there. Police that have been working on this case since it has been reported say they have located a woman named Zenaida Gonzalez and she claims she has never heard of Casey or Caylee Anthony. So now detectives are in search of someone else with the same name.

Late Thursday night sheriff deputies from Orange County dug around the back yard belonging to Caylee’s grandmother, Cindy Anthony for more than five hours. Investigators say that they keep coming up with blanks because of the web of lies Casey Anthony has told them making this case difficult for them.

Orange County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jeff Allen, who heads the child-abuse and missing person’s squad, said Thursday, “As we continue to investigate this, we find more consistencies in the mother’s story, so we continue looking for witnesses.

One investigator, Cpl. Yuri Melich said, “Based on the repetitive lies that the defendant has told, we do not know with whom the child is or even if the child is alive. It should be noted that at no time during the above interviews did the defendant show any obvious emotions as to the loss of her child.” Casey Anthony didn’t report her daughter missing until Wednesday but that was only because her mother urged her to. Casey claims she has been investigating her daughter’s disappearance herself instead of calling 911. Two of Anthony’s boyfriends told detectives that she never acted upset and in fact never even mentioned her daughter’s disappearance to them.

Casey and her daughter had lived with the grandmother up until June 9 when she told her mother that she was going to Tampa for work for a few days. Then she told her mother she was going on a mini vacation with some friends and she was taking Caylee with her, so her mother never thought much about them being gone.

Casey Anthony told authorities that she was employed with Universal Studios and gave names of people that could verify it which turned up to be all lies. They say the apartment which she claims to have dropped Caylee off at with the babysitter has been reported vacant for five months now.

The sheriff’s office arrested Casey Anthony and charged her with child neglect, providing false official statements and obstructing a criminal investigation. Orange County Judge John Jordan has ordered her to be held after he denied her bail.

“You left your two year old daughter with a person who does not exist at an apartment you cannot identify and you lied to your parents about your child’s whereabouts,” Jordan said. “You cared so little about your child.”

The grandmother has no idea what made her daughter tell all these lies. “I had no reason to believe they weren’t where they were supposed to be,” said Cindy Anthony. “I don’t know why she fabricated this.”

Caylee’s grandparents are asking anyone who may have seen Caylee in the past 5 weeks to please come forward. They are vowing not to rest until their granddaughter is found.

Anyone that thinks they might have some information on the whereabouts of Caylee Marie Anthony is asked to please call the Crimeline at 1-800-423-8477.

My prayers go out to Caylee and her grandparents. I pray she is found to be safe.

Jan Barrett

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