Thursday will be the one year anniversary of Casey Anthony’s acquittal, so while in the area last week on assignment on for another story, Field Producer Nancy Leung went by the wooded area where Caylee Anthony’s remains were found.
At the site, about a quarter-mile from where Anthony’s parents live, stands a six-foot white cross. Expressions of love, sympathy, and well wishes cover the cross top-to-bottom, back and front. Dozens of weathered stuffed animals and bouquets of flowers surround the cross. There are so many messages, it is obvious hundreds of people must have visited the memorial.
Just behind the cross, there is a swampy area that stretches out as far as the eyes can see. Tropical Storm Debby drenched Orlando for several days last month, and there were at least three inches of standing water on the ground. Water marks on the trees were an indication that the water had been much higher. The area is not always flooded but, as you may recall, during the investigation, volunteers told law enforcement officials that they did not search the area because of high water levels. A meter reader accidentally discovered the two-year-old’s remains six months after she was first reported missing.
A couple from New Jersey visited the memorial while our producer was there. They had been vacationing in Orlando and were on their way to the airport. "Such a tragedy," the woman said as she rhetorically asked how someone could leave Caylee’s body in the woods. It’s a question a lot of people have asked, and unfortunately, we will probably never get an answer.