Leonard Padilla is not a man who gives up easily. According to WESH in Florida, he plans to resume his search for missing toddler Caylee Anthony with $50,000 supplied by an anonymous donor. Earlier this month, the controversial bounty hunter sent divers into the Econ River in search of the little girl's remains.
Padilla claims his divers pulled up small bones, toys and a shamrock -- Caylee's mother Casey Anthony's favorite symbol -- weighted down in a bag by bricks. Not only were the finding's deemed unrelated to the missing toddler, Sgt. Carlos Padilla (no relation), of the Orange County Sheriffs Office says Padilla's itemization of the bags contents were false.
"Padilla claimed the bag was held down with bricks, but there were no bricks," Sgt. Padilla told momlogic, "and no shamrock, just a Gumby refrigerator magnet and little stones, little pebbles."
Stephanie Chanderasekaran, director of public relations at Equusearch, the company that launched two exhaustive searches for Caylee, believes another search of the Econ River is unnecessary. "Tim Miller [founder of EquuSearch] went down [the Econ River] himself with a side-scan sonar, the latest technology in underwater imagining for over three hours."
Many items says Chanderasekaran were found during the November 10 search, one day before Padilla took his dive, but none were the remains of the missing toddler. "Tim could tell you where every tire, every dolly in that river is, but there's nothing there with any connection to Caylee."
Yet she concedes, "You can never rule out an area. In the past, in other searches, we've gone over areas three times but on the fourth time we've found something." But she adds, "We are confident to focus elsewhere because Blanchard Park is one of our most our most thoroughly searched areas."
Chanderasekaran also hinted there could be another search for Caylee coming up. "But these searches are expensive and since Equusearch is non-profit, everything comes from donations or out of our own pocket." The last two searches cost about $100,000.
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