An announcement was made today in Florida.
It's been confirmed that the skeletal remains found in Florida are that of Caylee Marie Anthony. Sheriff's officials delivered the news at a 2 PM press conference in Orlando. Word came after the FBI forensic lab in Virginia matched Caylee's DNA with bones found a quarter-mile from her grandparents' home. Officials say the cause of death was homicide.
Medical Examiner Dr. Jan Gervais said, "With regret, I am here to inform you that the skeletal remains found on Dec. 11 are those of the missing toddler Caylee Anthony."
Caylee's mother, Casey Anthony, was notified in jail, where she is awaiting trial on a murder charge stemming from the child's disappearance this summer. Her reaction to the announcement was not known. Orange County Jail spokesman Allen Moore said a psychologist would be available for Anthony if needed.
The toddler's grandparents -- George and Cindy Anthony -- learned the news at their home on Hopespring Drive. Their attorney, Brad Conway, said earlier Friday that the couple had remained hopeful that the remains were not Caylee's, but were realistic about the alternative.
Even though many of us anticipated this news, it's still heartbreaking to receive official confirmation that the life of little Caylee Anthony was tragically cut so short. Feel free to share your thoughts below.