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Casey Update: Tipster Called 3x's in August

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The utility worker who discovered the bones that may be the remains of Caylee had alerted authorities before.


In a bizarre twist in the ongoing saga of Casey Anthony, the man who initially discovered the remains of a small child on December 11th also called in tips to the Orange County Sheriff's department a total of three times in August. The remains are presumed to be those of missing toddler Caylee Anthony.

Although it was initially reported that the utilities worker had accidentally stumbled upon the skull while he went to the woods to relieve himself, Capt. Angelo Nieves of the Orange County Sheriff's Office now says that the utilities worker called in tips on August 11, 12, 13 and December 11 regarding the area where the remains were found last week.

"We are currently following up on information regarding this particular location, which we received three tips back in August," Nieves said. "We are attempting to be as thorough, as clear and as concise as possible with the information that we received."

Capt. Nieves says that in one of the calls to the Orange County Crimeline tip line, the meter reader reported that a gray bag was on the "right side of the road" near the Anthonys' home.

The meter reader is not a suspect, according to Nieves. There is no indication that he has any ties to Casey Anthony -- at this point, he's "only a "concerned citizen." But many are now speculating that the utilities worker perhaps was frustrated with the police response (or non-response) to his tips, so he went to follow up on his own.

All of this seems pretty fishy to us. What do you think? Comment in the momlogic community.

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23 comments so far | Post a comment now
007 December 18, 2008, 6:29 PM

“All of this seems pretty fishy to us. What do you think? “

—— seems odd.. I don’t see a reason to lie. Hmmmmmm.

Janet December 18, 2008, 6:32 PM

My gut feeling tells me that the utility worker is unrelated to Casey or the family, and that he was doing his own “follow-up” on Dec 11. If that’s the case, he should have at least been forthcoming about this. When I told my husband on Dec 12 about the findings, he wondered out loud if the utility worker might be involved in a sinister way (i.e.—only pretending to “discover” the remains on Dec 11, when maybe he’d really put them there much earlier, himself). Why didn’t the police just question the utility worker in greater depth on Dec 11 and 12 to learn more about him? Wouldn’t it have just come out then, that the guy had been a previous tipster?

Dee December 18, 2008, 6:41 PM

Curiouser and curiouser methinks. Smells and smells bad. If it is true that the tipster called three times in August, and nothing was done, should the OCSO step aside and allow someone else to investigate what happened? If the tipster was so anxious in August, why did he wait 4 more months before “investigating” again? There are just so many possibilities right now, and they all wreak of wrongdoing.

Just me December 18, 2008, 6:50 PM

He waited more than 4 months because the area was under water during that time.

Elise December 18, 2008, 7:07 PM

If I were that meter reader and I felt in my gut that the bag had Caylee in it, I wouldn’t be able to let it go either! Thank God he didnt! It’s just a shame that he finally had to go and probably opened the bag to look inside before the police actually listened to him.

christi bell December 18, 2008, 7:14 PM

This is bad. Keep this crap up and she will walk!!!!!

Jennifer December 18, 2008, 7:16 PM

I see nothing untoward at all, just a truly concerned citizen doing what many of us would do under the circumstances.

Wait until the details are released before jumping to any conclusions that either the meter reader or LE did anything ‘wrong.’ IMO there is only one culprit here, and she’s sitting in jail charged, appropriately, with murder.

SquirrelFinders December 18, 2008, 8:58 PM

If you re-read the KioMarie Cruz transcript from the early days, you’d be very curious about this wooded area, too. The clue jumps out at you. Dozens and perhaps hundreds of curious readers may have felt as strongly about this clue as the meter reader. With the thousands of tips that came in, chances are that ANY discovery finally made would have been the subject of an earlier tip. Anyways, guess what? Now there’s going to be another round of interviews with everyone in Casey’s world. There will be thousands more pages released of transcripts of these new interviews. Hold on to your seats. What is most revealing is reviewing all the transcripts and videotapes in the precise order in which the interviews or conversations occurred. It’s all about what they knew and when they knew it, and this applies to the investigators, who overall did an incredible job.

Karen December 18, 2008, 10:17 PM

Capt. Nieves says that in one of the calls to the Orange County Crimeline tip line, the meter reader reported that a gray bag was on the “right side of the road” near the Anthonys’ home.

This is fishy!

Robin December 18, 2008, 10:56 PM

The utility worker who called in on the 11th of December, but also called in three times in August, the 11th, 12th and 13th seems very odd, he may have known that it was Caylee in the bag, that is why he called three days n a row, but got frustrated after no one found the bag, so he decided to go himself and say that he went to relieve himself and kick the bag, then a skull rolled out, this is not just a coincident, he knows more than he is saying? He should be look into with a fine tooth comb? Don’t take his word!

Chef Fred December 18, 2008, 11:17 PM

Ill Bet he Goes to the same bar that casey did Ithink They Know Each other

concerned in Ft. lauderdale December 19, 2008, 7:45 AM

This does seem a little fishy,to me anyway. Remember that they were 100 percent sure of the guilt of the Ramsey’s case with Jon Bennet. Now we know sadly after the mothers death they have been ruled out.

Susan December 19, 2008, 7:53 AM

This utility worker has some relationship with Casy Anthony. Maybe she was with him the night she accidently killed her daughter with chloroform. He helped her dispose of the body, but his conscience has clearly gotten to him. Wake up you morons.

Terri December 19, 2008, 10:01 AM

Looks like the OCSD just blew off the original tips and the worker did hid best to get them to investigate. Common sense dictates he’s not going to be so diligent if he has involvement, come on. At any rate, the defense is going to be short stroking all over this. The net result wil remain the same. Casey did it.

Shari December 19, 2008, 10:36 AM

Well if I was a utility worker and saw a suspicious bag laying there I would call cops too. And I would be kind of annoyed if no one showed up when I called, and when I called again, and again. I think he thought it was important piece of evidence; hence he was persistant and Thank God for that. He deserves a reward not ridicule.

007 December 19, 2008, 11:52 AM

“morons”? Come on, do you have any class?

Mike Grant December 19, 2008, 1:54 PM

This Meter guy will be the “Mark Furman” of Casey’s trial..Mark my words!

A Father. December 20, 2008, 6:05 PM

I just hope that she really didnt do this and all the bad judgement of her is because she is young and dumb. Maybe that worker did it he wanted someone to go search very bad, killers like publicity dont forget.Being they named the mom as basically the only suspect he THOUGHT wait what about me, OR maybe he felt like he would be in the clear. So he gave tips on the body because he knew where it was.More than likely he is no stranger to that community. JUST ANOTHER POSSIBILTY IN THIS CONSPIRACY!

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