ABC News’ Scott Michels and Lee Ferran report: The remains of a young child were discovered Thursday morning in a wooded area near the home of missing toddler Caylee Anthony’s grandparents, ABC News has learned.
A child’s skull was found by a utility worker who alerted authorities, according to officials from the Orange County Sheriff’s office in Florida. While the identity of the remains are unclear, the proximity of its discovery to the grandparents’ home has drawn growing attention from the media and law enforcement officials intent on solving the vexing case.
The child’s disappearance has drawn national attention, since she went missing in June. Her mother, Casey Anthony, did not report the child missing until a month later and has been charged for the young girl’s murder. Earlier this year, the child’s picture appeared on the cover of People magazine.
Suspicion has grown around 22-year-old single mother Casey Anthony since she was arrested on charges including child neglect just a day after reporting her daughter missing. She remains in custody.
Casey Anthony became a person of interest to police after they found traces of chloroform and strands of hair similar to the young girl’s in a car last used by Casey Anthony.
Police officially charged Casey Anthony with murder on Oct. 14.
A massive search effort drew thousands of volunteers from across the country but has been, as of yet, unsuccessful.