In the case of Casey Anthony and her defense team’s attempts to show reasonable doubt, her attorneys now contend that a volunteer for Texas Equusearch, a search company specializing in organized search procedures, has come forward to claim that Caylee Anthony’s remains were not in the wooded area where they were found when Texas Equusearch combed the location. Jose Baez, Casey Anthony’s lawyer, and his defense team has presented a sworn statement by Laura Buchanan, a woman who claims to have worked as a volunteer with Texas Equusearch when they searched the area in question before Caylee Anthony’s remains were discovered by Roy Kronk, the Orange County utility worker that notified authorities of the remains.
In fact, according to Florida Today, Casey Anthony’s lawyers claim to have found two witnesses that say that they there was nothing in the wooded area where the remains were found when they searched there.
Laura Buchanan wrote in her statement: “On Sept. 3, 2008… I personally searched near the privacy fence and worked my way towards, and then the spot, where the body was found. I did not notice anything unusual. I did not notice a strange smell. I noticed no buzzards, nor unusual animal or insect activity. It is my opinion that the remains of Caylee Anthony were not there during the time of our search.”
The revelation that there are witnesses to attest that they found nothing in the wooded lot just fifteen houses away from Caylee Anthony’s grandparents’ home came just days after the defense team went on a media blitz and pointed the finger of blame at Roy Kronk, the meter reader that found the remains. Andrea Lyon, the attorney that will lead Casey Anthony’s death penalty defense, stated during an interview on “The Today Show” that there was just as much circumstantial evidence tying Roy Kronk to the death of Caylee Anthony as there was implicating her client. The witness’ sworn statement appears to be support for the contention that Roy Kronk could have been involved in the death of Caylee Anthony — or at the very least had something to do with her remains being found in the wooded lot.
Tim Miller, founder of Texas Equusearch, was ordered by a judge earlier this year to provide the names of the 32 volunteers that searched the area around Suburban Drive (where Caylee Anthony’s remains were found). Buchanan and the other witness stated that they were volunteers. Their names, however, did not appear on the Texas Equusearch list. In all, Texas Equusearch recruited hundreds of volunteers in their search efforts.
But Texas Equusearch has maintained all along that they found nothing. A sworn statement by a witness that worked with them saying that there was nothing in the area only substantiates the company’s findings. An opinion stating that Caylee Anthony’s remains were not there is just an opinion and nothing more. The sworn statement does not prove that there was nothing there. Prosecutors can simply point to the recent case of 9-year-old Elizabeth Olten as comparison, that searches are not foolproof, nor provide the desired results even with a number of passes or sweeps in the same area. Elizabeth Olten’s remains were recovered only after the alleged suspect in the case led authorities to her well hidden shallow grave, a small area where hundreds of volunteers had searched and overlooked on several occasions.
If Casey Anthony’s defense team is attempting to deflect, misdirect, or cast reasonable doubt, providing sworn statements by witnesses who went over an area with a search company that already maintains they found nothing when they searched said area adds nothing substantial to the defense. Nor does it add credibility to their argument. It is merely corroborative.
Casey Anthony is currently being held at the Orange County Jail on charges of first-degree murder associated with the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee. If convicted, she faces the death penalty.